Still, some other Kentucky residents were outraged at the bold archaeological caper. It seems Kentucky owns the river to the low-water mark on the Ohio side. The bluegrass stated wanted their big rock back. CBS News and The New York Times even reported the rock riff. Our little town of Portsmouth basked in its national notoriety as it felt its fifteen minutes of Warholian fame.
That's when Kentucky state officials got involved; they said the rock belonged to them. Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway wrote a letter demanding its return.
"This was a registered antiquity in Kentucky and it was taken, and that's theft of an antiquity under the statute," Conway says.
“The rock never should have left Kentucky,” said Stackelbeck. “We’re very pleased that it is coming back home. Numerous people are involved in finding the best home and use. Certainly, it can be used as an educational tool to teach people that archeological treasures should not be looted and taken out of their original locations.”