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Updated: 7/23 1:27 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) — A local extreme athlete now has his wheelchair back after it was stolen earlier this month.

Aaron Fotheringham has spina bifida, a birth defect that left him unable to walk, but he didn't let that stop him from becoming a pioneer in wheelchair motocross, with Guinness World Records and a national platform at just 22 years old.

His wheelchair, nicknamed Slammy, was stolen on July 8. While he resigned himself to the loss, his friend, Kevin Lang, went on a mission to get it back for him.

After following many leads and hunches, Lang found it at a man's home on Friday.

"Took me to the location where the chair was supposedly sighted, and sure enough there it was in this man's closet,” Lang said. “The man was handicapped, but had his own collection of chairs so it wasn't like he absolutely had to have it.

"He has no issues giving it back; he said he had paid for it from somebody else."

Fotheringham, speaking from California, said he did not plan to press any charges or track down those responsible for the theft.
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