NEW YORK (PIX11) – An unidentified man who was lying unconscious in a Bronx hospital has been reunited with his family after a Good Samaritan recognized his photo on the PIX11 website.
The man, who has now been identified as 56-year-old Efrain Canales, was found unconscious on the D train platform in the Bronx on Oct. 29. He has been in the hospital ever since, his identity unknown.
On Saturday, police released the photo and information about Canales, which was posted to PIX11’s website as well as WPIX’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
Robert Ortiz, a Facebook friend of PIX11, recognized the photo Canales from a missing person’s flier he spotted last week.
Ortiz took a picture of the flier and posted it to his Facebook page.
When Ortiz saw the photo on PIX11’s Facebook, he wondered whether the unconscious man shown in the photo was the same person who was sought in the flier.
He called the Canales’ daughter, who had listed her number in the flier, and sent her the photo from PIX11’s website. She confirmed the man was indeed her father.
He remains in critical condition at Jacobi Medical Center, but is now surrounded by his family.