On Friday, this story was circulating on Facebook. A man, (young man) who appeared to have autism was found alone at a Kansas rest stop. He could not speak. He "seemed lost." This could describe my Bella. Or even Mia, although she has speech. She is rarely able to answer a question without prompting that few in the world know how to offer her. Even my beautiful Gianna, who is as chatty as a magpie, would be hard pressed to provide answers about herself. She could tell you the date!
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From KAKE Kansas:
The child located in our county earlier today has been identified. We are in the process of attempting to contact family members or a guardian. Thank you for all the information that has been provided by the community. There is no more need to call at this time.
(CHILD? He's 6 feet tall and approximately 220 pounds.)
Authorities in southeast Kansas need the public's help in identifying a young man with special needs who was found at a rest stop.
Greenwood County Sheriff Heath Samuels said a rest stop custodian called 911 at around 6 a.m. Thursday after finding the young man at the Beaumont stop on Highway 400. He's about 6 feet tall, weighs 220 pounds, has brown hair and blue eyes. The sheriff said he may be autistic.
Mike Choens found the young man and said, "He seemed lost. He just seemed kind of lost."
He added, "I don't think he just walked in here. I couldn't find out who he belonged to. Just concerned me for his well-being."
Sheriff Samuels told KAKE's Lily Wu the man is alive and well but can't talk. His office has contacted area schools, but no one recognized him.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office at (620) 583-5568.