More than 1,000 pink ribbons, some memorials to cancer victims, others messages of support, have disappeared from downtown Lansing.
The ribbons went up last Thursday in preparation for this weekend's Susan G Komen "Race for the Cure."
Early Monday most were gone.
"We make one every year for my sister-in-law and we hang it up, to symbolize the loss of her," Robyn-Cole Mrozinski said.
Those, like Cole-Mrozinski, who made the ribbons say they're disappointed and don't understand why anyone would remove them. They're also determined to see those ribbons go back up and in greater numbers than before.
"That person doesn't know if in the future that's going to affect them or not," Cole-Mrozinski said. "Do they have a mother, do they have an aunt, a sister? I mean it affects everyone."
Volunteers will gather Wednesday afternoon to wash the town in pink one more time. Last Thursday, they spent three hours tying pink ribbons on parking meters, trees and fences.
Downtown Lansing staff have been working feverishly to recreate those messages.
"We had some people who contacted us directly and sent us what they wanted their message to be on there, just cause they couldn't pick them up or decorate them, themselves," Cathleen Edgerly, with Downtown Lansing Inc. said.
Unfortunately, she says many are lost. Not lost, is the support behind them.
"It shows, and I've heard this directly from individuals, it shows they're not alone," Chris Pearson, Executive Director of Susan G Komen's Mid-Michigan Chapter said.
Pearson expects the pink and volunteers to rally on Wednesday.
"Sometimes the things that frustrate you or challenge you makes you stronger," she said.
Lansing Police confirmed Tuesday the department is investigating.
Officers have surveillance footage from Monday showing an individual removing the ribbons. They're trying to find out who that person is, but police also say some blew away with Sunday's high winds.
While police originally said a few ribbons were removed by Lansing Marathon volunteers who did not know what they were for, marathon staff say that is not the case.
Anyone who wants to help replace the pink ribbons is invited to gather at 401 Washington Square Wednesday. Volunteers will be tying ribbons from 11 a.m- 2 p.m.