Reunited! 400-pound Big Foot statue back with family

Neighborhood searches for missing 400-pound Big Foot statue
Published: Nov. 24, 2014 at 9:26 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 25, 2014 at 5:31 PM EST
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A 400-pound Big Foot statue was reunited with its owner Tuesday. (Provided by Delhi Township...
A 400-pound Big Foot statue was reunited with its owner Tuesday. (Provided by Delhi Township police)

DELHI TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - A 400-pound Big Foot statue taken from a Delhi Township yard is back with his owner, and the incident appears to have been a prank.

"Sasquatch has been reunited with his owner and it feels so good," reads a tongue-in-cheek alert sent out Tuesday from Delhi Township police.

The Spence family is known for their unusual yard ornaments, but their favorite 4-foot-tall concrete one named "Squashy" went missing Friday.

Squashy's owner, Ralph Spence, received a phone call Tuesday morning from someone police only identified in the alert as "a friend."

In the conversation, Ralph Spence was told "that Sasquatch was chilling out in an open field near Pedretti and Mayhew," the alert states. "Sasquatch is back home and appears to be in good health. During his absence, Sasquatch was given a nice sweater and Cincinnati Reds ball cap."

In addition to giving the statue some new attire, whoever took it also left behind a note for the owner. It read in part: "Squatchy only required two of our members for transit. Sincerely, The Body Building Bandits. P.S. Happy Holidays."

The Spence family found Sasquatch at a flea market for $250.  When it went missing, they suspected more than one person was involved. Ralph Spence said it took five teenagers to put it in his yard when his sons first brought it home.

Spence's neighbors on Wilke Street join in the effort to dress Squashy appropriately for every holiday and consider the statue a celebrity of sorts.

"My two youngest boys bought it," Spence said Monday. "It started out like a joke and actually my wife was kind of upset about it at first but after we had it awhile we'd dress it up for the holidays and stuff."

He has said he has no intention of pressing charges against the people responsible for taking Squashy. They only wanted him returned home safe and sound.

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