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Stolen wheelchair accessible van recovered near family's home

Posted: Updated: Oct 25, 2012 10:35 PM
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A wheelchair accessible van used by a teenage boy with multiple disabilities was stolen while his family slept, but police recovered it a few blocks from the family's home Friday.

Thieves stole the maroon, 1991 Dodge Caravan sometime between Wednesday evening and Thursday morning from the driveway of a home in the 15300 block of Southeast Alder Court.

"It's sad. I'm just stuck in this house," said 13-year-old Isaac Hale in an interview with FOX 12 on Thursday. "That van is all I can use to go anywhere. I'm stuck here."

Hale suffers from muscular dystrophy, diabetes and Asperger's syndrome.

Hale's parents, Brandyn and Jennifer, were left wondering how to transport their son around town without the van.

"It's Isaac's transportation," said Jennifer Hale. "It's his way to get to the doctor. It's our family freedom. It's the way we go anywhere together as a family."

On Friday, however, police said they found the van near 152nd Avenue and Stark Street.  There was no damage to the vehicle. No arrests have been made in the theft.

The discovery of the van comes as good news for the family, who said the vehicle has sentimental value.

It was given to the family by Isaac's aunt, Amanda, before she passed away from breast cancer.

"During her suffering and exhaustion and fighting for her own life she noticed her nephew needed something so she and her husband fixed up the van and gave it to us as a surprise," said Jennifer.

The theft not only led Isaac feeling confined to his house, but like he had lost a piece of his aunt's legacy.

"I feel like I lost a piece of her memory, that she touched," he told FOX 12 before the vehicle was found.

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