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Long-lost sailor statue finds way home to Superior couple

When the handmade sailor statue outside Heike and Stephen McDonald's home disappeared last summer, the Superior couple's hopes for seeing it returned were slim.

When the handmade sailor statue outside Heike and Stephen McDonald's home disappeared last summer, the Superior couple's hopes for seeing it returned were slim.

"We thought it was in the woods or in the lake," Stephen McDonald said.

But last week, the sailor found its way home.

According to Heike, a woman spotted the statue in a recently vacated Duluth apartment and alerted police. McDonald and her husband, Stephen, picked the statue up last week.

The sailor, which Heike spent three months crafting out of concrete over chicken wire, has a broken left hand and left leg.

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"Otherwise, he's looking good," she said.

The sailor had been sitting on a bench in front of the McDonalds' home when it was stolen the night of June 8. The McDonalds were puzzled because the 200-pound statue couldn't have been easy to steal, and neither Stephen nor Heike heard any commotion that night. There were no tire tracks on their lawn, just a few footprints in a flower bed.

Police haven't positively identified any culprits or a definite motive, but the McDonalds suspect the theft was a youthful prank.

Heike said she plans to return the sailor to his old post when the weather warms up.

"I'll have to think of some security of some kind," she said.

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