A Vergas-area resident, looking online Sept. 27 for used boats, saw a boat and said to himself, “Hey, that’s my boat that went missing about 40 years ago, in 1979.”

The resident contacted authorities and provided photos that substantiated the authenticity of his statements.

The boat had gone through at least two owners over the years, and authorities said these two owners would not have known the boat had likely been stolen.

The Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office said the Vergas area resident could come to an undisclosed location and pick up his boat that had been missing all these years.

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