FREEHOLD, N.J.: An autistic New Jersey teenager who had been missing for a week has been reunited with his parents after he was found safe in Ohio.
The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office says 19-year-old Michael Karwan of Marlboro was located Tuesday night in Cleveland. A staffer at a homeless shelter there notified authorities after seeing a Facebook newsfeed item about Karwan.
Authorities say Karwan left his parent’s home Nov. 11, then traveled by bus from Monmouth County to Manhattan. He then went from New York to Philadelphia and Pittsburgh before arriving in Cleveland on Saturday.
Karwan tried to check-in to an overcrowded men’s shelter that day, but a staffer there referred him to another nearby shelter which took him in.
The staffer at the first shelter soon recognized Karwan from the Facebook newsfeed and called Marlboro police. They contacted Cleveland police, who went to the shelter and confirmed Karwan’s identity.
“With Michael Karwan safely reunited with his parents, we all have a little more to give thanks for this Thanksgiving holiday,” acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said.
Karwan’s family could not be reached for comment on Wednesday afternoon.