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Frosty, sidekick still missing

I read the story in Tuesday's Mail Tribune about the Medford couple that had their giant snowman stolen. Did publicizing the theft help get their snowman back? I hope so. I think anyone who would steal something personal like that is terrible.

— Judy S., Central Point

We are sorry to report that Big Frosty (and his smaller sidekick) are still missing from Bill and Jenny Gallagher's Medford home.

"We got a lot of responses to the story," said Gallagher. "But no calls on where Frosty and his friend are."

Gallagher and his wife, Jenny, say some greedy Grinch stole their beloved handmade giant wooden snowman, as well as a smaller stuffed cloth sidekick, from their front yard on White Oak Drive sometime between 6 p.m. Sunday and 6 a.m. Monday.

The 5-foot-tall wooden cutout snowman was a gift from Jenny's mother, Melinda Kost of Grants Pass.

Kost made two hand-painted snowmen — complete with black stovepipe hats, red mittens and red and green scarves — and gave one to Jenny. The other went to Jenny's sister, Joanie Word, who lives in Grants Pass.

The Gallaghers want people to keep an eye out for their Frosty. But they don't want Joanie accused of being a snowman-napper, Bill Gallagher said.

"We don't want anyone driving around to see Joanie's snowman and take it, thinking it's ours," he said.

Although the original story didn't result in Frosty's return, the couple haven't given up hope for a Christmas miracle.

"Hopefully someone will get worn down by their conscience and give it back," he said.

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