"The Senator,"a 125-foot, 3,500-year-old cypress tree in Longwood, Fla., was no more after a woman, found to be in possession of methamphetamine, allegedly burned it down.
According to local reports, 26-year-old Sara Barnes and a friend were inside a part of the tree's hollowed out trunk when they started a fire because they wanted to see better. A search of Barnes' home revealed meth and other drug-related paraphernalia, for which she is being charged with possession and intent to sell. WTSP also reported that 41-year-old Jodi Hill was arrested for methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia possession, but it is unclear if she was involved in the burning of the tree.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Barnes as allegedly saying to her friends "I can’t believe I burned down a tree older then Jesus."
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WTSP states that the burning and eventual collapse of the tree took place in January but tips of pictures taken by Barnes that she reportedly posted on her laptop lead police to obtain a search warrant. Police are searching both Barnes cellphone and laptop for evidence of the tree burning pictures.
Before being burned down, The Senator was considered one of the oldest trees in the world.