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Police Recover Missing Ronald McDonald

June 24, 1986

DOVER TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) _ Police on Tuesday found a seven-foot plastic statue of Ronald McDonald that had been held for the ″ransom″ of 8,891 chicken McNuggets, authorities said.

″He was standing by himself in the middle of the field,″ said police Sgt. Edward McDowell. Attached to him was a note saying the kidnappers ″freed me from McDonaldland to see if Wendy’s has more beef.″

Officer Mick Leone said a radio station received an anonymous tip about the statue’s whereabouts and told police.

The statue was taken June 6. Nine days later, restaurant manager Alvena Baeli found a note attached to the restaurant’s back door.

″Don’t you wish your Ronald McDonald was replaced? If so place 8,891 nuggets at 886 3rd Ave., New York, N.Y. Don’t forget the sauce, or he gets it,″ the note read. There is no such address.

Employees later found a photograph of Ronald, with a gag around its mouth.

No arrests have been made.

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