Augustana Pitcher Parker Hanson's Stolen Prosthetic Arm Found at Recycling Plant

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVMay 12, 2021

University of Minnesota-Crookston pitcher Parker Hanson throws against Minnesota State in St. Cloud, Minn., Wednesday, May 10, 2017. Hanson’s success could be measured in his 90-mph fastball, his nasty slider or his start that vaulted his college baseball team into the playoffs. Or it could be marked by what he’s missing.  Hanson was born without a left hand, but found a way to adapt at a young age so he could pitch, field, bat and play the game he loved. (AP Photo/Jeff Baenen)
AP Photo/Jeff Baenen

Over a week after his prosthetic arm was stolen out of his car, Division II Augustana University pitcher Parker Hanson has gotten it back.

The arm was found at Millennium Recycling Inc. in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, when a pair of workers at the plant recognized it and picked it out of the pile, per Alfonzo Galvan of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.

Hanson announced on May 3 that his arm and attachments were stolen out of his car, with Galvan reporting the entire bag was worth $15,000 to $25,000 worth of equipment.

Recycling facility worker Tim Kachel had been following the story and recognized the arm immediately.

"It is pretty banged-up," Hanson said. "It's definitely been through a gauntlet it looks like. We're still going through with the fundraiser to get a new one plus give back to the charities."

The Shriner's Hospitals for Children donated a new prosthetic arm at no cost, but the fundraiser will help raise money for the hospital as well as NubAbility, a foundation whose mission is to help limb-different youths participate in sports.