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1/29/07

Stolen Bigfoot Statue Found Without Feet

An imposing, wood-carved Bigfoot statue stolen from outside a doctor's office has been recovered - minus its big feet.

An anonymous tip led police to the 400-pound sculpture beneath a pile of debris in a backyard about a block from where it was snatched Monday. Two people confessed and could face theft charges.

The likeness of the legendary ape-like creature of the Northwest used to stand 8 feet high, but its 16-inch-long feet had been sawed off at the ankles, leaving it 18 inches shorter.

"I'm glad we got him before they cut him anymore," said chiropractor Tom Payne, who had the statue made 5 1/2 years ago and planted at the foot of his secluded driveway as a landmark for patients. "We're relieved to have him back at the office."

The statue was recovered Thursday. The suspects, a man and a boy, offered no motive, police spokeswoman Stacy Flores said.

Bigfoot is back in place outside Payne's office in this small town between Seattle and Tacoma, and Payne plans to get him some new feet.

"I'm sure I can find a chain saw sculptor that might feel up to the task," he said.

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