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ROGUE RIVER, Ore. — A local family of six says that their camper, stolen at the end of July from Rogue River, is now back home thanks to an anonymous tip called in to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.
Monica Crowther put out a call for help after the theft of the family's 2017 VIBE Camper in July, saying that her four young girls were devastated by the loss — not only of the trailer, but of some sentimental items inside belonging to her deceased father. The Crowthers offered a $5,000 reward for the recovery of the trailer and the arrest of the thieves, whose vehicles may have been caught on security camera footage.
Now the Crowthers say that the camper was recovered on Monday night after someone called in a tip to the Sheriff's Office. Officers reportedly found the camper on a Forest Service road near Willow Lake, southeast of Butte Falls.
"The camper is in great condition, [but] they did steal all of our gear," Monica and Sam Crowther said. "The only thing they left was our daughters' sleeping bags and stuffed animals."
The Crowthers said that the suspects have not yet been apprehended, but the family can't express how much they appreciate the efforts of the local community in helping to recover the camper. They gave special thanks to Deputy Peter Bilden, Deputy Duke of the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, and Officer Sean McMullen of the U.S. Forest Service for aiding in the recovery.
"It felt like our summer just was abruptly coming to an end when it was taken and it’s just priceless to have back the ability to take our girls out into nature," the Crowthers said.