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Stolen trailer from viral Facebook post found in east Travis Co.

Investigators looking for a fugitive inside an encampment near FM 969 and Imperial Drive found a stolen trailer from a viral Facebook post. (Photo courtesy: Lone Star Fugitive Task Force)

Investigators looking for a fugitive inside an encampment near FM 969 and Imperial Drive found a stolen trailer from a viral Facebook post.

For Mandy Lea, the trailer she calls Bird Song is more than a means to get away -- it's a part of who she is both professionally and personally.

The Austin photographer used the trailer to travel across the country and take pictures. She even planned to live out of the trailer full-time starting June 1st.

But earlier this week she walked outside her home to find someone had stolen her tear drop trailer.

This is the plea Mandy Lea posted on Facebook:

Her post went viral and 78,000 Facebook users shared her post.

Then last night her beloved trailer found. "Members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force were conducting an active investigation on a fugitive that's been frequenting the east side of Austin," says Deputy U.S. Marshal Brandon Filla.

That investigation by the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, Travis County Sheriff's Department and the APD Auto Theft Unit led them to a wooded area in east Travis County.

Inside, a makeshift camp and Mandy Lea's beloved bird song. Filla says, "We recognized the trailer, we ran that trailer and it did come back stolen."

Investigators also found a stolen Ford F-250 and a stolen motorcycle.

As for the bird song, when Mandy Lea saw her trailer she says her heart sank seeing its condition but she's grateful to her supporters.

In a statement to KEYE TV, Mandy Lea says, "I am now more inspired than ever to go on my journey. I want to capture the most beautiful images to repay to people the love that they have given me. I will be ever in their debt."


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