Little Miss Hoot, the abducted scarecrow that was part of a downtown holiday exhibit, has been found unharmed and returned to her post.
Hoot was one of nearly 50 scarecrows on exhibit in the Madison Chamber of Commerce's Sea, Shop, Scare Scarecrow Event in downtown Madison.
Hoot, who was crafted by Madison's The Country School and on display near Morgan Stanley, located at 741 Boston Post Road, was reported missing Oct. 12 by Madison Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Eileen Banisch.
Hoot was found on Saturday, Oct. 15 at the town beach by Madison police. She was stored at the club's lost and found office until a volunteer – a parent of one of the children who crafted Hoot – went to the club and retrieved her.
"We're very happy to hear that she was returned unharmed and welcome her back to the display," said Madison Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Eileen Banisch.
The Country School Director Jeannie Boyer Roy said that both the Chamber of Commerce and The Country School are glad to have the now-much-publicized scarecrow back where she belongs.
"The Country School is delighted that whoever took her decided to leave her at the surf club so she could come back and once again be a scarecrow," Boyer Roy said. "We really wanted to be in the event. We never though anyone would take her."
Scarecrows created by local civic groups, businesses, families and individuals will be on display throughout downtown Madison through November 1. A portion of the proceeds from the Sea, Shop, Scare event will go to the Scranton Memorial Library in Madison.