Gibbons taken from Nebraska home found in Florida
CREATED Sep. 19, 2013
DONIPHAN, Neb.- The Hall County Sheriff's Office says two gibbons reported missing from a Doniphan home earlier this week have been found in Florida.
The small, black-and-white primates were taken from Nancy Stephens' home sometime before dawn on Monday. Stephens has owned Caylee and Cody since they were babies. She studies behavioral sciences, but the animals are also her pets. She told police they are valued at $25,000 each.
The Lee County Sheriff's Office in Fort Myers, FL arrested 20-year-olds Jacob and Michael Ruehlman for Dealing Stolen Property. Stephens suspected that the twins were behind the crime, and they had stayed at her house this summer.
Stephens' daughter, Melissa, said they worried that they may never see Cody and Caylee again.
"I'm ecstatic to know that they're ok and safe. They're being well taken care of right now," Melissa explained. "They grow to be part of your family so it's like losing, in my case, a brother or a sister."
The Stephens family also wanted to thank authorities in Hall County, and Fort Myers, FL for their hard work tracking down the Gibbons quickly.
Caylee and Cody are now at a Florida sanctuary for safe-keeping during the investigation. They won't come home right away, but the Stephens family is happy that they are safe.