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46-year-old turtle reunited with its owner after frantic search for Rochester Hills pet

Turtle found in pond by kayaker

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. – The search for a 46-year-old turtle named Churchy came to end Saturday after the pet was found by a kayaker in a pond. 

The kayaker who found Churchy is a friend of the pet's owner, Joanne Wismer. A frantic search was underway for the pet turtle who went missing in Rochester Hills.

Read more: Where's Churchy? Woman searches for missing 46-year-old pet turtle in Rochester Hills

Wismer said that Thursday, Churchy, a river cooter, got out of an enclosure behind her house on Parkdale Road near Miller Road.

A man found Churchy in the middle of the road and released her into Howett Park.

"I was just overjoyed," Wismer said. "I'm shocked. I'm just so pleased."


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