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Missing autistic teen from NJ found safe in Ohio


FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — 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 referred him to another shelter which took him in. Meanwhile, the staffer realized the man was Karwan and contacted authorities.