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Mo. man reunited with long-lost Camaro

SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- A Missouri man said the old flame was rekindled when he travelled to Utah to take possession of the Chevy Camaro stolen from him 16 years ago.

Edward Neeley of Jefferson City signed the paperwork in Salt Lake City needed to secure the release of his red 1969 muscle car he had named Chelsey Pearl.

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"She's back," Neeley joked as he prepared Chelsey for shipment to Missouri. "She already loves me, I can tell."

The (Salt Lake City) Dessert News said Ed and Chelsey were torn asunder in 1995 when a thief stole the classic vehicle. Neeley stumbled upon the missing car being offered for sale by a Syracuse man.

The Syracuse man had bought the car four years earlier on eBay. Neeley recognized the picture and obtained a police report from Syracuse that revealed the VIN number had been changed to a number that belonged to a Chevy Chevelle.

Investigators said the switch was missed by officials when the Camaro was registered in Utah, and they have no idea how many hands Chelsey went through before winding up with Neeley once again.

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