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December 14, 2017

Officials begin search after town's resident elf stolen


Officials begin search after town’s resident elf stolen

DEERFIELD, N.H. —A resident elf in Deerfield has vanished just weeks before Christmas — and…


A resident elf in Deerfield has vanished just weeks before Christmas — and this was no prank.

Someone stole Deerfield’s beloved elf, Zippy, and authorities are asking the public to help track him down before the holiday.

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Zippy was “invited” to the town three years ago by Laura Hall and Cindy McHugh, of the Deerfield Fire Department, to spread some Christmas cheer.

“Something fun we could do for the community,” McHugh said.

Since then, Zippy has made his way throughout town every year, right around the holiday — stopping in different locations, greeting passersby and posing for a picture or two.

“Recently, we’ve been doing hints as to where he could be in town and the kids go and find him and take pictures with him and post them on Facebook. It’s fun,” Hall said.

“It’s amazing and you get to know the kids that are looking for him,” McHugh said.

But now, there is an actual search going on for Zippy after his disappeared from his last known location at Veasey Park.

Zippy begins his holiday trot over at the school and ends at the town gazebo on Christmas Eve. He only hitches a ride with members of the fire department, but yesterday someone else picked him up and he hasn’t been seen since.

Maya Jawitz is one of many children who enjoy the annual Zippy search with her family.

“I want him to come back so we can find him again,” Maya said.

The fire department posted on its Facebook page, asking anyone with information to come forward. Fire officials said they have even contacted Santa himself, who promised to send reinforcements for the search.

For anyone who may have taken Zippy, firefighters said there’s still a chance at redemption.

“It may be a bad decision somebody made, but you can undo it by getting him back to us. Even the Grinch was able to redeem himself,” John Dubiansky said.


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