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Family with special needs children have van stolen on vacation

GRANT COUNTY, Ky. (Angenette Levy) -- Wayne and Hazel Massey and their six children are glad to be home after a trying time on vacation in Texas.

The Masseys stopped in San Antonio with the children to see the Alamo and eat dinner. Four of the children have special needs. When they returned to their new van it was gone.

"Now we're on foot and it's starting to rain and we're right in the middle of San Antonio and so not really knowing what we're going to do," Wayne Massey said Tuesday.

At first, Massey thought his new van had been towed. But a couple of phone calls revealed it had been stolen. All of the family's belongings were in the van including their children's medications, some family mementos, their clothes and the children's toys including their DVD players and Nintendo DS units.
"My guess is when they broke into the van and saw the medication and they found a little cash they decided that they couldn't just take a little, they had to take the whole vehicle," Massey said.

The thieves also stole a special car seat for seven-year-old Brooklyn who has cerebral palsy.

"It's like a rehab car seat. It keeps her in tighter so she doesn't move as much," Massey said.

14-year-old John had received a cellphone for his birthday June 20. It was also taken.

"Finally I could call my friends like Paul and Destiny," John Massey said.

Wayne and Hazel have big hearts. Not only did they adopt their six children (and three others who are now grown), they also operate a ministry for children at their home. They have a petting zoo for the children to enjoy.

"It's a blast all of the time," Hazel Massey said.

Police found the Massey's van parked in an apartment complex when Wayne remembered the new van came with an On-Star system. The Masseys belongings were gone. But, they're focusing on the positive - including the help they received from people in San Antonio who heard they were stranded.

"I believe that things happen and then God gives us a different set of eyes to start seeing things through and I know that's what he did for our family throughout this time," Hazel Massey said. Wayne added, "We just trust that whatever the reason it will be something that moves us forward in our life."

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