Gnome Had Stood In Same Yard For 30 Years

Update Aug. 6: The 3-foot tall, 100-pound garden gnome was returned. Claude and Lois Jaillet found the gnome on their driveway Tuesday morning, CBS 2 has learned.

EAST HANOVER, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A New Jersey family was wondering Monday what happened to a garden gnome that suddenly vanished after standing unmoved for three decades.

The 3-foot, 100-pound gnome stood in the Jaillet family’s yard until it was stolen two weeks ago.

Missing gnome flyers were posted around the neighborhood, but as of Monday night, there had been no signs of the gnome.

“He’s been a special gnome all these years,” said Lois Jaillet. “He’s been 30 years with us, and the kids love him. We love him. And it was my mother-in-law’s before it was ours.”

The family has offered a reward for the gnome’s return. Police told CBS 2 as of Monday night, they had no suspects in the case.

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