Hinkamper Ice employees try to keep their cool in search of penguin

Hinkamper Service Co. penguin sculpture that has been reported missing.

Hinkamper Service Company is operating with hearts as cold and as heavy as their bags of ice these days.

Someone that has been with the company for over five years has been missing for a week.

Their beloved penguin chainsaw carving is gone and the case is colder then Chilly Willy's nose.

The penguin is described as being gray, black and white in color and weighs approximately 160 pounds. He was wearing a red shirt and black glasses and was holding an ice cube when he was last seen in front of the Quincy business.

"He's just our little guy that been around for years," Rick Hinkamper said. "Well, we noticed it was missing about a week ago when we just came into work."

The penguin went missing some time between noon on Friday, June 21 and 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 23.

Who could have done this?

"You know I really don't know anybody that would hate the penguin." Hinkamper said. "You know, seems like everybody just loves him."

So could the penguin have gotten "Happy Feet"? Can a penguin be a flight risk?

"I don't know, I mean, it's a possibility he wanted to go south for the winter. We are really not sure, to be honest about it," Hinkamper said.

The cool creature, carved by Log Hoggers, is a fitting mascot for Hinkamper Service Co. because they supply ice machines and ice to area customers.

If you have any information regarding the penguin's disappearance, please contact the police department's non-emergency number at 217-222-9360.

Story by Mark Schneider.