My sister's apartment got broken into. They smashed the sliding glass doors to get in. They stole a bunch of stuff, but the worst thing was that her cat got out. She looked and looked but could not find him.
18 MONTHS later, she was walking to her appt from the parking lot and there was a kitty in the bushes. My sister took a good hard look at it, thinking it looked a lot like her old kitty - then she called it - and he came over and was purring like crazy and rubbing against her legs ! It was him !
He was really skinny, had fleas, and was very beat up looking, but he was home !