JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A cat returned to his Alaska home after going missing for nine months.

Percy Jackson Bleakley, a 3-year-old tabby cat, had never been away from his Mendenhall Valley home for more than three days until he disappeared last March.

As she searched, owner Teresa Bleakley found that other cats in her neighborhood had also gone missing, a discovery that launched rumors about whether there was somebody in the area who was trapping cats. The lack of any clear information was frustrating for Teresa Bleakley and her family told the Juneau Empire.

"That was the hard part, as far as not knowing what had happened to him," Teresa Bleakley said. "Was he still around? Was he being taken care of? Was he dead? What happened to him?"

Weeks turned into months, with spring and summer giving way to fall and winter.

Then last week, Teresa Bleakley received a call from the Gastineau Humane Society. Percy had been found and returned.

Someone had come by the Gastineau Humane Society's 24-hour drop-off kennel sometime during the night of Dec. 16 and brought in Percy.

Teresa, her husband, Keith, and their 16-year-old daughter, Reece, immediately went to pick up their cat.

The family marveled at how normal the cat seemed.

"It's like he was never gone," Reece said,

Animal Control Officer Andy Nelson said Percy was "fat and happy when found."

"I just don't know. It's weird," Teresa Bleakley said. "I wish he could talk. He'd have a story to tell."

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Information from: Juneau (Alaska) Empire, http://www.juneauempire.com