Amazing Maisy May

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Cissy Myers of Keizer holds her cat Maisy May, who recently returned home after being gone for 16 months. Maisy May disappeared from Silver Falls State Park in 2012. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Cissy Myers of Keizer holds her cat Maisy May, who recently returned home after being gone for 16 months. Maisy May disappeared from Silver Falls State Park in 2012. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

Cissy Myers’ last memory of Maisy May was holding the cat close as she fell asleep in a tent at Silver Falls State Park.

When Myers woke in the sunrise hours of the next day, Maisy May was gone.

“My husband left the tent unzipped in one tiny space and she got out,” Myers said. “It was her first time going there, and we always brought along our dog and other cat. We didn’t want to leave her out.”

Myers spent the next three nights alone at the campsite searching and hoping Maisy May would return.

That was 16 months ago.

Flash forward to Nov. 20 and a phone call from park ranger Martha Duckworth. Myers was certain they were calling to wrap things up on the case of the camping kitty, but what she got was a surprise.

“She asked if I could make a trip up to the park,” Myers said. “She said, ‘I don’t want to get your hopes up, but I think we found Maisy May.’ Then she said she was pretty sure they’d found Maisy May.”

Duckworth had set up a live trap a week earlier when

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