Man reunited with family after AP photo published
Jan. 06, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — A man who disappeared from his parents' house in a small upstate New York town on New Year's Day has been found in the nation's capital.
Nicholas Simmons, who is 20, had left behind his wallet, cellphone and everything else.
On Saturday, Associated Press photographer Jacquelyn Martin, looking for a way to illustrate unusually cold weather, snapped his picture as he warmed himself on a steam grate in an area a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol where homeless people often gather when it's frigid outside.
According to police and family friends, Paul and Michelle Simmons saw the AP photograph in USA Today on Sunday morning after it was brought to their attention through a Facebook page set up to help find their son.
Capt. Patrick Phelan of the Greece, N.Y., police department says authorities picked up Simmons on Sunday afternoon and took him to a hospital.
Family friends in Virginia say Simmons' father and older brother arrived in Washington on Sunday night and were reunited with him at the hospital.