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FOUND: Metal rooster sculpture located in Georgia forest

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UPDATE: Authorities say the hunt for a 10-foot metal rooster stolen from outside an Athens, Georgia, business has ended in a forest, where Rocket the Rusty Roster was discovered under a pile of wood.

Lexington Village owner Bonnie Harris says she's grateful the sculpture has been found in one piece, but it was missing an eye and his beard was gone. Harris tells The Athens Banner-Herald ( http://bit.ly/1OdzrgU ) that Rocket will undergo restoration work in the artist's studio where it was created.

In late March, the 300-pound sculpture was stolen about two weeks after it was installed in front of Harris' store.

Athens Clarke-County police Detective Sgt. Rick Hammond says detectives found the sculpture Monday down a logging road. No arrests have been made.

PREVIOUS STORY: ATHENS, GA (AP) - Police are searching for whoever made off with Rocket the Rusty Rooster, a 10-foot-tall, 300-pound metal sculpture stolen from its perch outside an Athens business.

Lexington Vintage owner Bonnie Harris tells CBS 46 that she's saddened by the crime, believed to have happened Friday night or Saturday morning.

Harris said the rooster attracted attention to the store, which opened in November.

Athens-Clarke County police say the estimated value of the Bunyanesque artwork is $3,000, meaning that whoever stole it could face a felony.

Harris tells The Athens Banner-Herald that the rooster's installation two weeks ago involved anchoring the big bird in the ground with rebar stakes. She said her husband thinks some type of tool was used to cut Rusty away because part of one foot was left in the ground.

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