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Missing organ mystery solved

on March 05, 2013 10:30 AM

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Officials at a Roman Catholic church in Pittsburgh say the mystery of a missing pipe organ has been solved.

Members of the church had struggled to understand how and why anyone would take the massive 200 pipe instrument.

But police said Monday that the church’s former organist confessed that he removed it last week for safekeeping. Authorities say he had a key to the building and was worried that the organ would be damaged by the cold of winter. St. Justin’s, in the city’s Mount Washington neighborhood, closed last month after merging with another church.

The church’s pastor, Father Michael Stumpf, said it was an imprudent and terrible mistake but not a criminal one, so they are choosing to forgive, and not press charges.

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