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UPDATE: Four horses recovered, search continues for one

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Shaun Smith, SAU Rodeo Team Member and "Credit Card"  (Courtesy: Southern Arkansas University) Shaun Smith, SAU Rodeo Team Member and "Credit Card" (Courtesy: Southern Arkansas University)
Southern Arkansas University Police Chief Eric Plummer (Courtesy: Southern Arkansas University) Southern Arkansas University Police Chief Eric Plummer (Courtesy: Southern Arkansas University)
Ty Lester, SAU Rodeo Team Member and SAU President Dr. David Rankin (Courtesy: Southern Arkansas University) Ty Lester, SAU Rodeo Team Member and SAU President Dr. David Rankin (Courtesy: Southern Arkansas University)
Southern Arkansas University Police Chief Eric Plummer Southern Arkansas University Police Chief Eric Plummer
MAGNOLIA, AR (KSLA) -

Southern Arkansas University Police Chief Eric Plummer gave more details about the recovery of four of the five stolen rodeo horses at a Wednesday morning news conference.

Plummer said he was notified at approximately 8 p.m. on Tuesday by McCurtain County, Oklahoma Sheriff Johnny Tadlock that SAU Rodeo Coach Rusty Hayes had located the four horses in a wooded area near Tom, Oklahoma. No one was with the horses when they were found.

The horses are owned by SAU students who are members of the university's nationally competitive collegiate rodeo team.

Plummer said the horses were transported back to the SAU campus, and one was taken to a veterinarian in Shreveport. The three horses remaining on campus will also be seen by a veterinarian.

Ty Lester, owner of "Grey," a 7-year-old gray mare, said he had kept a full tank of fuel and his trailer hooked to his truck for two weeks hoping he would receive the call to retrieve his horse.

"I was just in a panic," said Lester of his thoughts after receiving the call. "I was in a rush to get there and get her."

Lester said Grey was malnourished and dehydrated when she was found and the other horses were in similar condition.

"You could count every rib in her body," said Lester. "She's a lot better today than she was when I got her back."

Plummer said the top priority is now finding the one horse which remains missing: "Credit Card," a 15-year-old sorrel gelding owned by Shawn Smith.

Deputies from the McCurtain County Oklahoma Sheriff's Department recovered some of the saddles, blankets and other tack on Thursday, Nov. 10. A livestock trailer that was taken during the theft was recovered on Thursday, Nov. 3. The horses and other items were stolen during the overnight hours of Nov. 2.

All five of the horses are American Quarter Horses: Grey, a 7-year-old gray mare; Badger, a 14-year-old black gelding; Lena, a 14-year-old buckskin mare; Credit Card, a 15-year-old sorrel gelding; and a 10-year-old black mare simply called, "Black Mare."

Police have confirmed that they do have suspects in the case, but those names have not been released as the investigation is continuing.

Individuals with information regarding the theft or the location of "Credit Card" are urged to contact the SAU Police Department at (870) 235-4100 or Arkansas State Police Investigator Hays McWhirter at (870) 703-2065.


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