Autistic New Jersey 19-Year-Old Missing More Than a Week Found in Cleveland

Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013  |  Updated 12:34 AM EDT
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Missing Autistic NJ Man Found in Cleveland

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An autistic New Jersey 19-year-old who disappeared a week ago after an argument with his parents over homework has turned up in Ohio, officials say.

Police found Michael Karwan in Cleveland after he tried to check into a hotel using his ID card Tuesday night, according to the office of U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm. The hotel, run by a religious institution, called police after finding out that Karwan went missing from his Marlboro, N.J., home Nov. 19.

"This is truly a Thanksgiving blessing," Grimm said in a statement. "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."

Crews searched the  Port Authority Bus Station and Times Square in Manhattan for the 19-year-old last week. He was spotted at the bus station asking for directions to his hometown, but was mistakenly directed to Marlboro, N.Y.

He was spotted at least twice in upstate New York towns near Marlboro last week before turning up in Ohio. 

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