KLAMATH COUNTY, Ore.—
The Klamath County Sheriff’s Office has solved a mystery that captured international attention earlier this week—a man’s cabin was taken from its foundation and could not be found anywhere on the property.
The 1,200-square-foot structure, located on the Sprague River in Southern Oregon, was reported missing by its owner on Feb. 24. Investigators were able to solve the case when they located the home on an adjacent property. It had been moved approximately 3,750 feet from its foundation.
“Quite frankly, it’s one of the most unusual moments I’ve ever seen,” said Sheriff Frank Skrah at a local news conference.
“We had a complete home stolen. This isn’t a motor home, this isn’t a mobile home…this is a home,” he said.
As it turns out, the property that the cabin was originally located on is owned by three individuals. But the cabin itself was owned solely by the man who built it. According to Yahoo News, one of the property owners sold the cabin to a neighbor without the builder’s permission for $3,000.
The neighbor was originally offered the cabin for $10,000, but he had bargained to reduce the price. He did not know the cabin was stolen.
“To quote him, ‘It was a steal of a deal,'” Said Sheriff Skrah.
No charges have been filed yet, and an investigation is still underway.