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Stolen cattle found at Kansas auction

Josh Rabe Published: January 22, 2005

WASHINGTON, OK Four local cattle that were stolen last week could be on their way home Sunday.

The three prize-winning heifers and one steer turned up in Winfield, Kan., where they apparently were sold the same day they were taken.

"It was just a miracle they were found, said Jennifer Hardcastle, who reported the cattle stolen. "We were so excited.

Hardcastle who had put up a reward for the cattle's safe return said she agreed to drive the 150 miles to pick them up from a man who unwittingly bought the stolen livestock at an auction Jan. 12.

"We travel to shows so much it don't matter, she said. "We would have driven to Timbuktu if we had to.

Hardcastle's sons, Collin, 14, and Jared, 17, and her 9 year-old grandson, Blaze Farmer, had entered the cattle in several livestock shows, most recently in Arizona.

McClain County sheriff's Detective Bill Shobe said a student at Oklahoma State University heard about the boys' plight on a local television news broadcast.

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