Retired bookstore owner Helen Schlie displays her 1830 first-edition Book of Mormon and a selection of framed individual pages at her home Friday, Aug. 19, 2005, in Gold Canyon, Ariz. Schlie, 82, had been spreading the spirit of her 1830 first-edition Book of Mormon one page at a time -- each page running $2,500 to $4,500 -- before the book took up missing in May 2012.
(AP Photo/Matt York)
BOOK OF MORMON
An 1830 first-edition Book of Mormon and a selection of framed individual pages owned by retired bookstore owner Helen Schlie are displayed at her home Friday, Aug. 19, 2005, in Gold Canyon, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)
All that’s left: Helen Schlie, owner of Rare and Out of Print Book and Art in Mesa, holds a rare page out of the first edition of the Book of Mormon. The book, which is valued at $100,000, was stolen from Schlie’s shop sometime over the Memorial Day weekend. Schlie, who was selling pages out of the 588-page book to help raise money for mission trips for young women and elders from the Church of Jesus christ Latter-day Saints, is hoping someone will return it. Mesa police are investigating the case. [Mike Sakal/Tribune]