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Published April 26, 2012, 10:24 PM

Wilkin County family trying to solve mystery of missing horse

Foxhome, MN (WDAY TV) - It's a mystery in Wilkin County, the case of the missing filly gone for days, then by pure luck found and returned weak, but alive. Now, this family is struggling to find out what happened that fateful night.

It's a mystery in Wilkin County, the case of the missing filly gone for days, then by pure luck found and returned weak, but alive. Now, this family is struggling to find out what happened that fateful night.

The Johnson's went to bed with a pregnant mare on Saturday April 14th. They woke up the next day with a placenta and no foal to be found. Now, it seems there's only one logical explanation - she was taken, and then abandoned.

Rachel Johnson – Horse Owner: “We searched for three hours, in the pouring rain, every inch of the farm, all around Foxhome.”

For the next 72 hours, it was a lot of tears, a lot of disbelief for Rachel Johnson and her family…until that next Wednesday.

Rachel Johnson: “One of the vets I had talked to had run into the woman at Fleet Farm buying foal milk-replacer and he knew her and they struck up a conversation and they struck up a conversation and discovered it was probably my foal.”

The woman says she found the filly a mile and a half south of Foxhome on Sunday afternoon off of 360th street. Reuniting mother and daughter proved to be a difficult task.

Rachel Johnson: “We kept putting the foal in front of her, we had to hold on to the mare, but she would strike out at her, she would bite her.”

Now the Johnson's have taken on those motherly duties, feeding her every 2 hours.

Rachel Johnson: “I'm not getting my laundry done, I'm not cooking any meals, I'm not cooking, not cleaning house. It's taken a lot of our time.”

The Johnson's have named there new filly Grace, after Amazing Grace. She was lost, but now she's found.

Rachel Johnson: “You know it's a big mystery, we're hopeful we can find the answer to this, but we're thankful we have her back.”

Perhaps the biggest mystery, the woman said she found Grace completely dry with no mud on her. It rained 3 inches in Foxhome that morning. If you have any information you, can call the Wilkin County Sheriff's office At 218-643-8544

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