MARGARET Wells has been reunited with her beloved life-size replica of E.T after crooks dumped it in the Solent.
The pensioner was heartbroken when the home-made model was stolen during a burglary at her home in Cosham.
But it was found washed up with the tide at Old Portsmouth – initially sparking a coastguard search as it was believed to be a body.
A walker dialled 999 after spotting it floating near the Hot Walls at about 10.45am last Thursday.
Police and coastguard attended the scene and quickly realised it was not a human, but an alien model.
Mrs Wells, 76, of Mansvid Avenue, said: ‘There’s only one in the whole of England and that’s mine. The police rang and said somebody has found a body in the Solent and it belongs to you – it’s E.T. I said “Oh god, I knew E.T. would come home”.’
As reported in The News, the model has been a fixture in her home for the last nine years.
It was made by her daughter Louise, who lives in London, who spent three months creating the model while doing a stage make-up course. But it was snatched last September when burglars raided Mrs Wells’ home, also making off with a haul of expensive jewellery and bizarrely, an iron.
She said: ‘He’s lost a finger and looks a bit roughed up.
‘But he had a smile on his face.’
A Coastguard spokeswoman said: ‘It rolled up on the beach and gave somebody a bit of a fright.’