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Stephen Colbert joins search for missing Gumby

Creating Pokey, Gumby's sidekick - Gumby & Pokey in Saugerties
Creating Pokey, Gumby's sidekick - Gumby & Pokey in Saugerties
Ze’ev W Neumann

Ze’ev W Neumann, the artist who created the sculpture of Gumby that is missing since last October, reported today that Stephen Colbert is helping with the search.

That’s right, that Stephen Colbert, of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” recently sent an investigative team to Saugerties to try and help crack the perplexing case. Willy, as the artist is known, said he just heard that the video documenting that visit will air this week

As you may remember, a seven-foot statue of the beloved children’s cartoon character Gumby was stolen on October 13 from the front yard of Bob Malkin in Saugerties, NY. Malkin reported that he heard voices and a car driving away in the darkness and the next morning Gumby was gone. There is a $100 reward for information leading to the safe return of the 50 pound statue.

Willy further said that “sometime during the week of February 2, The Colbert Report will air a videotaped segment examining the particulars surrounding this case.” Referring to himself and Mr. Malkin, Willy added that “We hope this national exposure will help the local police find our missing Gumby.”

Willy also revealed that in case it was not found, a replacement Gumby statue has been created and will be seen during the First Friday festivities in Saugerties this February 7th. When questioned about the safety of this statue, Willy said he’d also created a statue of “Pokey”, Gumby’s sidekick. Together he thinks that they can stay out of trouble.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Saugerties police officer Patrick Hastings at (845) 246-9800 or


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