Norwich renews push to find Lincoln portrait

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Norwich officials are renewing the search for whoever stole a large portrait of Abraham Lincoln from the entrance of Norwich Ckty Hall about 15 years ago.

The picture has been missing since 1994, when someone cut it from its large Victorian frame and left with it in the middle of the night.

The case was assigned to the detective division, but police came up empty with every lead they followed.

Part of the difficulty, authorities say, is that they could not find old pictures of the portrait. Now, however, police and city officials say the investigation may get a big boost because they recently learned that historian William Hosley had a copy and had digitized it along with many others in his collection.

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