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Gracie the Tortoise goes missing, again

Gracie was last seen Sunday on Kelly Avenue in Edmond. (Bill Schammert)

Gracie the Tortoise is rather famous around Oklahoma. The 90 pound tortoise (not a turtle) went missing after a tornado in the late 90s. Three years later, she was found at the post office.

"We don't know what happened to her in the three years she was missing," Janie Billington said. "But she was found seven miles from our house."

The adventure inspired a children's book, "Gracie's Unexpected Journey," written by her owners Kerry and Janie Billington. The 35-year-old is a popular attraction at several schools and libraries in the area - kids can read the book and even pet the tortoise.

"The book is all about finding your way," Janie said.

And now, Gracie needs to find her way home, again. Kerry tells FOX 25, she was last seen on Sunday.

"Two days later, we got a call from a witness who talked to a gentleman down the street from us who was picking Gracie up," he said. "[The witness] recognized it was Gracie, but didn't think anything of it."

Gracie never showed up. Now the couple is tracking Craigslist, posting $500 reward signs and hoping somebody knows something.

The man picking Gracie up was driving a cream colored 1997 - 2004 Ford F-150 extended cab.

"Please, just return her," Janie is pleading. "So she can keep doing what she does best, encourage people."

If you know anything, you can call the Billingtons at: (405) 315-5437


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