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Aimee Copeland's stolen van recovered

ATLANTA -- Aimee Copeland's specialized van, which was stolen in Atlanta Saturday night, has been found.

The van was recovered Sunday evening, but a $6,000 titanium manual wheelchair Copeland kept inside is still missing.

Copeland lost her left leg, right foot and both hands to a flesh-eating bacteria in 2012. She used the silver 2012 Honda Odyssey to drive to her graduate classes at Valdosta State University and her internship at the Shepherd Center.

Andy Copeland, Aimee's father, said the van was taken while parked on Arnold Street in Atlanta's Old Fourth Ward neighborhood.

"That van is basically Aimee's legs to let her get everywhere she needs to go," Andy Copeland said, adding that Aimee awoke extra early Monday to wheel herself five miles to the Shepherd Center.

According to a police report, a patrol officer spotted the van parked in the parking lot of 1261 Lockwood Drive, which is an abandoned elementary school. The van suffered minor body damage. An officer tried to life fingerprints from the door locks, but was unable to do so.