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UPDATE: Missing wheelchair found and returned to Fargo woman facing amputation surgery

FARGO - Patty Hovde's missing wheelchair has been found. In fact, the chair had been recovered and was in the police found property storeroom when it was reported stolen. Someone found the Fargo woman's wheelchair behind a tombstone at Springdale...

FARGO - Patty Hovde's missing wheelchair has been found.

In fact, the chair had been recovered and was in the police found property storeroom when it was reported stolen.

Someone found the Fargo woman's wheelchair behind a tombstone at Springdale Cemetery on the north side.

"They obviously took it off-road," said Joe Baglietto, a friend of Hovde's. "It looked like somebody was being rough with it. I got it together again."

The wheelchair was apparently taken from the deck of Hovde's trailer home at the Edgewood Mobile Home Court in north Fargo. She is scheduled to have her right foot, ankle and part of her leg amputated May 28.

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Hovde waited several days to report the chair missing, hoping it would turn up. Police received the report on May 13 - four days after it had been found.

Sgt. Ross Renner of the Fargo Police Department said they have no leads on any suspects, so the case has been closed with the return of the chair.

For more on the story, including the outpouring of support Hovde received, read Wednesday's Forum.

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