September 1, 2020
CLIFTON, TX — An audit of the Clifton Police Department evidence room lead to the return of a sword that was seized in 2008 as a result of an arrest.
The department says the audit was conducted recently. During the audit, numerous items of stored evidence were able to be disposed of or returned to the owner.
During the course of the audit, Investigator Megason came across a sword that had been seized in 2008 as a result of an arrest.
Investigator Megason and Officer Hamilton located a name, Henry Young McCown, engraved on the blade. Officer Hamilton, a member of the Masonic Lodge, recognized markings on the sword that related to the Mason heritage.
The officers continued to investigate the sword and its markings as well as a search of the name. The sword had been the property of Captain Henry Young McCown, USN, PNS#4 1945-1949.
The department was then able to find McCown's family.
On August 31, Investigator Megason and Officer Les Perry traveled to Austin to return the sword to the family. CPD says the family was grateful to receive the family heirloom back.