SPOKANE, Wash. – Late last month, our Help Me Hayley was asked to feature a stolen van in her series. The specialty, custom vehicle belongs to a quadriplegic who is currently battling cancer and undergoing chemotherapy. The victim told Hayley the theft was absolutely gut wrenching.
“I’ve had it since 2014,” Jason Tordale said. “It’s my lifeline.”
The van has special customizations designed for Tordale so he can safely drive.
The 2013 Chrysler Town & Country van was taken from the victim’s home near East Boone Ave in Spokane Valley. The victim says he has no idea how the crooks were able to do it.
“It had all the controls just right for me so I can drive it with my wheelchair,” Jason said. “I need it to get to my appointments. Without it, I can’t go anywhere.”
The heartbreaking story was shared by hundreds of you trying to help. The community support meant the world to the many loved ones of Jason. On Sunday, they got the call they had been praying for. The van had been recovered.
“I did see the ramp in the van, so I was extra worried, we knew this wasn’t just a normal vehicle,” said Northwest Seed and Pet assistant manger Sam Longanecker. “Our employee called crime check after seeing the abandoned vehicle in our parking lot.”