NEW YORK (PIX11) – A missing New Jersey teenager with autism has been found safe in Ohio, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office confirmed.
According to officials, Michael Karwan was located in Cleveland after he tried to check into a shelter using his ID card. The hotel was apparently run by a religious institution, and when they found out that Karwan was missing, they called police, according to Rep. Michael Grimm, who spoke with Karwan’s father.
Karwan, 19, disappeared from his family’s home last Tuesday after an argument with his parents. He was spotted by a bus driver heading to Port Authority, and it was feared that he boarded a train at Penn Station for Marlboro, New York, by accident.
As temperatures fell steeply over the weekend, his family received hopeful news Monday after their son was spotted on surveillance video at Ninth Avenue and West 23rd Street.
Grimm, who joined the search for the missing teen, sent out a news release after confirming the teen was found with Karwan’s father, Walter.
“This is truly a Thanksgiving blessing! Thanks to the efforts of concerned citizens, countless volunteers, media coverage and prayers from the community, Michael Karwan has been located and will be reunited with his family just in time for the holidays,” Grimm said.
This is a developing story, stay tuned for updates.