A specially modified van stolen from a quadriplegic man in San Diego’s North County has been found, officials confirmed Monday.
The van, stolen earlier this month, was recovered by deputies with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department just before 7 a.m. Monday in Vista. The Oceanside Police Department told NBC 7 the vehicle had been abandoned near Vista Adult School on Sunset Drive. No arrests had been made as of 10 a.m. Tuesday in connection with the theft of the van.
The 2000 Dodge Caravan belongs to Matt Kern, a local man left mostly paralyzed from a car accident at the age of 19. The van was specifically designed for him to be able to drive, as he still has some movement in his arms.
Kern told NBC 7 last week that it took him 10 years to pay off the vehicle, as it contains thousands of dollars-worth of medical equipment. The Oceanside Police Department said last week that the van was stolen from Kern’s home in the 3600 block of Vista Campana in Oceanside.