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Dr. Seuss' stolen 'Lorax' statue recovered

A 'Lorax' statue stolen from the La Jolla home of Dr. Seuss' widow was found on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013.

August 23, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
A 2-foot-tall, 300-pound "Lorax" statue stolen from the La Jolla home of Dr. Seuss' widow, Audrey Geisel, was found Wednesday morning.

Geisel and a groundskeeper noticed that the custom-made bronze statue was missing from her garden in March 2012.

The statue is valued at approximately $10,000 and was crafted to resemble the title character of the 1971 children's book written by Theodore Geisel, who used the pen name Dr. Seuss.

A tip from a 22-year-old man in Bozeman, Mont., helped authorities recover the statue. Police say it was stashed in brush about a half-mile from Geisel's home. The statue has since been returned to the Geisel estate.

Investigators are still trying to figure out who stole the statue.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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