Zippy, the beloved elf on a shelf for the town of Deerfield, N.H., sits in front of the Deerfield Community School on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. Zippy, who appears throughout the town during the holiday season, was taken on Monday afternoon and mysteriously reappeared Wednesday morning in front of a resident’s home. (Cindy McHugh via AP)
Originally published December 6, 2017 at 06:00a.m.
Updated December 6, 2017 at 02:10p.m.
DEERFIELD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire town is happy to report that its beloved elf on a shelf has been returned, more than a day after he vanished.
The Deerfield Rescue Squad posted on Facebook on Wednesday morning that Zippy the elf is a little wet, but safe. It featured photos of him carried by a police officer and parked in a car.
The rescue says “Our Holiday Magic is back.”
Deerfield Rescue Squad EMS captain Cindy McHugh says a town resident was getting ready for work when he saw that Zippy was on his doorstep. He called police.
McHugh said the town isn’t interested in pursuing the matter further, and just wants Zippy back for the children.
The mannequin in a red onesie, cap, mittens and slippers makes appearances around town.
The search is on for Zippy, town's missing life-size elf
DEERFIELD, N.H. (AP) — Police in a New Hampshire town are looking for Zippy, a beloved life-size elf on a shelf that usually can be seen at various sites leading up to Christmas.
Zippy is a mannequin in a red onesie, a cap and mittens. He was last seen at the gate by Deerfield’s Veasey Park on Monday.
Deerfield Rescue Squad EMS captain Cindy McHugh says Zippy was in a beach chair with his sunglasses, an umbrella and a drink “taking in the sun.”
A Facebook post from the Rescue Squad says, “This is not a joke or a game, we are very upset about someone choosing to ruin the fun for Deerfield’s children.”
This is the third year Deerfield has had Zippy, who shows up after the town parade the Sunday after Thanksgiving.