Cops confirm: Michelle Kwan’s Prius located

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The search is over: Michelle Kwan’s car has been found, Providence Police confirmed Friday morning.

Kwan and her husband, gubernatorial candidate Herbert Claiborne “Clay” Pell IV, reported the car stolen on Feb. 26, saying it was taken from the driveway of their home on the East Side of Providence.

Clay Pell, grandson of the late Sen. Claiborne Pell, D-RI, and his wife, two-time Olympic figure skating medalist Michelle Kwan, enter the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, R.I., Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 to begin his campaign for governor of the state of Rhode Island. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
Clay Pell and Michelle Kwan

Now, just more than a month later, police say the missing car was located on Josephine Street in North Providence at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday. It was then turned over to the Providence Police Department.

Kwan recently told police that a hockey stick signed by NHL legend Wayne Gretzky was stored in the Prius’ trunk. Police did not say if the hockey stick was still there.

Police officials did not comment as to whether the car was damaged, or whether they are continuing to investigate. The car was brought to State Towing Service after it was recovered.  As of noontime Friday, neither Kwan or Pell had come to the shop to claim the vehicle.

The combination of Pell’s status as the late U.S. Sen. Claiborne Pell’s grandson and Kwan’s international fame as an Olympic figure skater made the story of the couple’s missing car something of a local sensation during its month of absence. It even became the subject of rogue Twitter account created anonymously for comical purposes.

A police report from December quickly surfaced that revealed this wasn’t the first time Pell and Kwan had issues with the 2010 Toyota Prius’ whereabouts. According to the report, Pell reported the car missing back in December. Minutes later, though, he called the police back and said he had simply forgotten where he had parked the night before.

Pell is running against Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and R.I. Treasurer Gina Raimondo for the Democratic nomination in next year’s gubernatorial race. The primary is set for Sept. 9.

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