PORTLAND - A Southeast Portland family devastated after someone stole a handicapped-accessible van for their 13-year-old boy was elated to learn Friday morning that the van had been found.
The van was located just blocks from the family home, undamaged, according to Portland Police Lt. Robert King. He said a police officer found the van just after 8 p.m. Thursday.
Isiac Hale suffers from muscular dystrophy, type 1 diabetes and Asperger's syndrome.
"His life is pretty difficult, and to get through the day positive and on a good note; It’s work. So to have a huge wrench thrown into our life, it’s a huge thing to us,” said Jennifer Hale, Isiac's mother.
The burgundy 1991 Dodge Caravan was taken sometime between Wednesday evening and Thursday morning from the driveway of their home in Southeast Portland, east of 152nd Avenue.
His parents Brandyn and Jennifer have been hit hard financially with years of medical costs.
The van came to them as a very welcome gift two years ago from Brandyn's 36-year-old sister Amanda while she battled breast cancer. Amanda died just a few months after giving them the van.
“It was an example of her generosity, her charity, her heart. She had the most amazing loving spirit and heart and so it’s a big symbol in our life,” said Jennifer Hale.
No arrests were made in the case.