UPDATE: McCarran staff locates Michigan man’s missing wheelchair, will have it delivered tonight

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — McCarran International Airport staff located Brandon Booker’s custom wheelchair in an airport garage, in what is a happy ending for the Michigan man. It will be delivered to his hotel tonight.

Staff saw 8 News Now’s initial story and conducted a search. A public information officer said a fellow passenger in need of assistance mistook his chair for an airport wheelchair and used it to transport a family member to a parking garage.

The story began on Tuesday, when Booker’s vacation to Las Vegas has turned into a nightmare, and now he needs a little help.

Everything was normal when he landed at McCarran International Airport, but it all changed when his wheelchair was taken by a fellow passenger.

“I am crushed right now bout that wheelchair, and I need it back,” said Booker in an interview last night.

Brandon Booker’s custom wheelchair

Booker arrived on a Frontier flight from Detroit on Monday. He deplaned only to find out his wheelchair had been stolen from the jetway. He’s a paraplegic and uses the chair to give him the mobility he lost a decade ago. Now, he’s forced to rent a scooter from his hotel.

“I need my wheelchair. This is how I get around; this is my everyday life. I’ve been doing this since April 18, 2009,” he revealed.

An investigation is ongoing, but for Booker, his first trip to Las Vegas has been a heartbreaking bust.

“Please find it in your heart to bring it back to me,” Booker pleaded while he wept. “… I really need that chair. I can’t do anything without that chair.”

Everyone is glad for this story’s happy ending.

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