As I'm sure many of you have heard or seen by now, several of our beloved gnome friends have vanished. Theories regarding their disappearance are bountiful and varied: Some say they have been gnomenapped by local evildoers. Others suggest that their long thick beards and insulated hats have made Durham's sweltering summers entirely unbearable. Have they escaped to cooler climes? Perhaps Gnomania, Vietgnome, or the Gnominican Republic?
Regardless of what's befallen our short-statured friends, we miss them and wish they'd return. We find it hard to believe that any Durhamite could harbor ill will toward these peaceful, loving creatures who have brought such joy to this city.
In the days to come, we will continue profiling the gnomes we were lucky enough to photograph before their disappearance. Please continue to send word of new sightings. You may also share your memories of those gnomes no longer with us.