Montgomery, Al. (WSFA) -- For Montgomery Resident Alice Gregory, a single cross at the corner of Taylor Road and Vaughn Road held a very special meaning.
In September of 2004, her daughter Christine was killed when another driver ran a red light and struck her car.
Christine's boyfriend built the memorial cross and placed it at the intersection soon after
Sunday morning, it was gone.
"I don't know if it was an act of a grudge, hate, or what," Alice Gregory said. "I don't know. I don't understand it."
A perfectly empty hole was the only sign left of a tribute that spanned nearly four years--until Alice Gregory took a closer look.
"I just started digging [the dirt] up, and I pulled [an angel from the ground]," Gregory explained.
It's a token she'll always hold on to.
Still, the thought of someone taking the one of the only tie to her daughter is almost too much to bear.
"I [feel like] I just had a knife put in my heart when I found out somebody would take that. There was no sense in that," Gregory said.
The Alabama Department of Transportation is beginning to remove similar roadside memorials, but, so far, the organization is focusing solely on Birmingham.
DOT officials say they had no hand in the disappearance. The City of Montgomery also tells WSFA 12 News workers did not remove the cross.
Police say the culprit could face criminal charges.
NOTE: If you saw any suspicious activity at the intersection of Taylor Road and Vaughn Road between Saturday night and Sunday morning, you're asked to call Montgomery CrimeStoppers at (334) 215-STOP.