When her laptop was stolen, Kimberly feared for its contents, including books and screenplays she'd been working on.
But husband James came to the rescue and monitored the alien-seeking SETI network of any sign of the laptop.
Sure enough, the machine made an appearance three times within a week as curious thieves fired it up.
Melin logged the IP addresses of the sightings and passed the details to the Minneapolis Police Department.
The plod persuaded a local ISP to cough up names and addresses with a subpeona, and swooped to retrieve the computer. No-one was arrested in the raid, however.
Overjoyed to have her PC back, Kimberly sang the praises of her switched on hubby. She told AP reporter Rachel Konrad: "I always knew that a geek would make a great husband."
The proud spouse found all her writings intact. "He always backed up all my data, but this topped it all. It became like 'Mission: Impossible' for him, looking for hard evidence for the cops to use. ... He's a genius - my hero."
SETI folk were reportedly overjoyed that after millions of man-hours of searching, they actually found something. µ
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