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Published August 31 2012

Amateur tooth sleuth restores a smile after posting ‘found’ ad

MOORHEAD – Andrew Jolicoeur spent a week retracing his steps, wracking his brain and wondering where on earth his bottom dentures had gotten off to.

Robert Fracker spent a week wondering where on earth the dentures on the sidewalk a block from his home had come from.

The two Moorhead men got the answers they were looking for earlier this week.

It went a little something like this:

Last week, Jolicoeur was out for a bike ride, as he often is. His bottom dentures tend to come loose while he’s riding, so he’ll stash them in his pocket.

Except somewhere along the way, they fell out, along with his cellphone.

He recovered the phone from the police station. But the dentures were nowhere in sight.

“I’ve been searching aimlessly for them because my insurance won’t replace them for another four years,” he said.

Meanwhile, Fracker was out walking his dogs near the intersection of Ninth Street North and Third Avenue when he came across a curious sight: a complete set of bottom teeth, lying on the sidewalk.

They were labeled “A. Jolicoeur” and dated 2010 – an inscription Jolicoeur is now glad his orthodontist had the foresight to make.

Fracker was baffled. His only theory was that someone had bought them from an estate sale, thought the better of the purchase and tossed them out the window.

He posted a “found” ad in The Forum last week. On Wednesday, the newspaper ran a brief detailing his discovery.

One of Jolicoeur’s co-workers saw it, and told him the elusive chompers had made the news.

Later that day, Jolicoeur and Fracker got in touch, and by Wednesday night, the dentures were back where they belonged – much to the relief of their owner.

“It’s steak and eggs again for me,” Jolicoeur said.

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