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FOUND! Van stolen from parents visiting son in Seattle located

SEATTLE -- A happy ending to the nightmare for a couple who drove to Seattle from Nevada to visit their son. Their stolen van was recovered on Friday near 1100 Summit. Sean Sheffer says his parent's luggage was stolen and the thief ransacked the van but it is in good shape otherwise. The family is grateful to everyone who helped search for it as well as to Gary's Towing, Seattle Police, Q13 News and Kiro Radio 97.3 host Dori Monson for sharing their story.

Sheffer says his dad parked his Chevy van in a UPark parking lot on Capitol Hill near 1404 Boylston Ave.  When he came out Monday morning, it had been stolen.

They filed a report with Seattle Police and have been out ever since searching neighborhoods from SoDo to Green Lake.  His mom and dad drove the van to Seattle from Las Vegas.   Until it was found, they had no ride home.

"This is where they live. They pull over in rest stops and this is like their RV, so losing this is like kind of losing a house," said Sheffer.

His dad worked hard for years to keep it running and converted it into a camper.

"Anything you can think of, solar panels, electric, even like a portable toilet and stuff. Everything has been thought about and my dad has tweaked it for years so it's (loss is) very devastating," said Sheffer.