Van Stolen from Boy With Muscular Dystrophy Found Stripped

Waylin Ashley, mother
Waylin Ashley, mother
Damon Kaneakua
Damon Kaneakua

KANEOHE (KHNL) - The family of the Kaneohe boy suffering from Muscular Dystrophy receives devastating news.

Thursday, thieves stole the van they relied on. On Friday, police find the van stripped.

Damon Kaneakua is confined to a wheelchair, so the van was a much-needed extra set of wheels.

His mom Waylin Ashley says she knows the vehicle can be replaced, but she says what's upsetting is thieves stole her son's independence.

Sitting in Angel's Junk Yard in Waianae is what's left of the Kaneakua's van.

"Sad, I was sad," says Damon.

Less than a day after the family reported the Dodge Caravan stolen, police found it abandoned and stripped bare.

"How can people do this to somebody, you know? We live in Hawaii. This kind of stuff not supposed to happen," says Ashley.

The family bought the van to make it easier for Damon to attend school and activities.

"I like going out, going to the beach," says Damon.

The 10-year-old suffers from Duchenne's Muscular Dystrophy, a disease that deteriorates muscles in Damon's upper legs, upper arms and pelvis.

"We need it because it was already being hard for me to take him to his doctor's appointment because my dad not always home. He has to work or my brother's not always home either and they're the only two that have vehicles," says Ashley.

Thieves didn't leave much behind. They took the battery, radiator, front bumper, headlights, all four tires, and even the backseats of the van.

"I just can't believe people would stoop that low just to, I don't know if they were trying to make a quick buck or if they were chronic out, I just can't believe they did that," says Ashley.

Damon has this message to whoever stole not just his family's van, but also his freedom.

"You apologize to us, to all of us," he says.

The family bought the van for $10,000 and were saving up to install a ramp so they could easily load Damon on and off.

Now, the Kaneakua's only hope their insurance will cover their loss.