As first reported last week, Dino, the 12-foot dinosaur and enduring icon of Sinclair Oil, went missing from his post at Crossroads Travel Center located at the intersection of Interstate 90 and Highway 93 North.
Most of Dino was found very late last week in a wooded area west of Missoula, lonely, lost and confused. His head was returned separately to Crossroads Travel Center over the weekend. The circumstances of Dino’s disappearance and return are now under investigation by the Missoula County Sheriff’s Department.
“Many folks offered their time and resources toward his recovery and safe return,” said Bill Nooney Sr., owner of Noon’s Food Stores. “We would like to sincerely thank everyone who offered assistance and interest in the return of Dino.”
“Fiberglassic” medical personnel are optimistic that the iconic dino can be repaired to be better, stronger and faster than before, Nooney said. Like “Jurassic Park,” one official was overheard saying, “It will take more than a missing head to force the big green dinosaur into extinction.”
Once Dino’s parts are reunited and he completes full rehabilitation, Dino will proudly be restored to his post overlooking Interstate 90 under the big Sinclair sign that bears his likeness.