The Wilmington News Journal reports that the 1977 Yamaha 400 dirt bike was found in 2006 lying in a creek bed. At the time, the Blanchester Police had no procedure to locate the owner.
Several months ago, the police started a process to return stolen property in custody to their owners. One of the items was the bike.
Through a search of motor records and some detective work, the owner (who now lives in Pennsylvania) was found and confirmed through photographs of the bike.
Source: The Wilmington News Journal