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Stories about Pell's missing car become complicated

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It appears there are more Prius car problems for one of the candidates for Rhode Island governor, Clay Pell.

It turns out the gubernatorial candidate has reported his car stolen twice in the past few months but admitted Monday he forgot where he put the car the first time.

Clay Pell's car has gone away, but stories about it won't.

NBC 10 first reported on his 2010 Toyota Prius a couple of weeks ago.

Pell and his wife, former Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan, reported it stolen from outside their East Side Providence home.

Other than a joke Twitter account, there was no sign of the car.

And this is not the first time Pell has called police to say the car was missing.

But now, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate's campaign says Pell called Providence police in December to say the car was missing from outside his home.

The police came and took the missing car report.

Pell's campaign manager says the day before; Pell went to a meeting at a coffee shop near his home and walked home. After he talked to police, Pell retraced his steps.

His campaign manager says in a statement, "Clay walked to the coffee shop near his home, and noticed the car was parked nearby. Roughly 20 minutes had passed since Clay had spoken with the officer, and he immediately called the police and informed them he had found the vehicle.

The dispatcher told Clay another patrol would be sent to take his statement. Clay waited for nearly two hours for the officer to arrive, and when he did, the officer never stepped out of his patrol vehicle. He asked Clay if he had misplaced the car, and Clay replied that he had.

Pell's campaign takes issue with the police, claiming the incident report contained mistakes on key details, like the timing of the calls and also left out Pell saying he misplaced the car.

In the more recent incident, from which the Prius has not returned, the Pells said the keys dropped between the seats when they were getting out of the car and rushing to another car to go to an event, so they left the keys in it, and the car was gone the next morning.

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