The Ottumwa Courier

October 10, 2012

Appanoose County deer statue recovered

‘Swamp Jumpers’ had been missing since June, found in Lucas County

Ottumwa Courier

MORAVIA — The Appanoose County Sheriff and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources have recovered a stolen deer statue that had been missing since June.

This week, Appanoose County Sheriff Gary Anderson was contacted by an Iowa DNR conservation officer who had received a tip that hunters had spotted a deer statue in rural Lucas County near Brown Slough within the last week.

Anderson and the conservation officer searched the area near Brown Slough and found the 1,500-pound deer statue named “Swamp Jumpers” along a timber line on state conservation ground in rural Lucas County.

The statue, valued at more than $25,000, was found in good shape and not damaged. The statue was loaded onto a trailer and transported back to the Appanoose County Sheriff’s Office until it can be returned to the owner.

At this time, officials do not known how long the statue had been in the field, and the investigation continues into the theft of the statue.

The statue was stolen sometime during the night of June 20 or the early morning hours of June 21 from the 19000 Block of Highway J18, west of Moravia.

The statue depicts a large buck deer and doe. The statue is solid bronze, is approximately 6 feet tall, 8 feet long and 4 1/2 feet wide.

The statue was created by nationally known artist Mike Capser of Montana for the owner of Bentley Management Group, which owns property in rural Appanoose County.

Anyone with information about the theft is encouraged to contact the Bentley Management Group at 877-736-9824 or Appanoose County Crime Stoppers at 641-856-3134.