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Parents Find Missing Son Living On The Streets After AP Publishes His Photo In The Newspaper!

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Now THIS is an incredible story!

Nicholas Simmons was missing. Maybe not to himself, but to his parents — he disappeared from his parents' house in upstate New York on New Year's Day. It was a small town and his wallet, cellphone, and other possessions were left behind.

Fast forward four days, and nobody had seen or heard from Nicholas. Someone DID see him though, and that was an AP photographer who was just looking for a way to show how daaaamn cold it was outside!

So she took Nicholas's picture (above) as he warmed himself on a steam grate a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol. The photographer had no idea who the 20 year old was.

Nicholas's parents, Paul and Michelle, then saw the photo in USA Today Sunday! It was posted to a Facebook page they set up to help them find their son!

That AP photographer, Jacquelyn Martin, was only in the area to shoot White House stuff, but Obama was still on vacay in Hawaii (thanks, Obama!). Here's what she said when she shifted focus to capturing how cold it was:

"It struck me how young he was. I again introduced myself and shook his hand. He said his name was Nick."

After sending out the photo, Jacquelyn then got a twitter message from USA Today, explaining that Nick's family had recognized him and was trying to find him!

Luckily, he didn't go far — the police were able to pick up Nick and take him to a hospital, where Nick's father, Paul, and older brother Paul Jr. were able to go see him!

Jacquelyn continued:

"It's really gratifying to see that a photograph can make a tangible difference in someone's life. That's a really amazing thing to have happened. I'm happy and touched that the photograph could help reunite this family."

What amazing luck!

We'd still like to know what happened between disappearing and when his photo was taken — it sounds perfect for a movie!

We hope he and everything else is okay!

[Image via AP Images.]

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7 comments to “Parents Find Missing Son Living On The Streets After AP Publishes His Photo In The Newspaper!”

  1. 1

    Can't people go on a week-long BINGE without the entire world knowing about it?

  2. Pertz says – reply to this


    why the comment …"thanks Obama"?!?!?! I really don't get it … smfh …struptz

  3. 3

    Perez, you are such a fucking asshole!!!! Your mind instantly goes to making this story into a movie and the profits this family could make! You really are the devil! We have no idea what lead up to this kid being on the streets. How dare you turn this into a fucking business deal. How about dial down your vain ways and start focusing on your fucked-up morals.

  4. 4

    wow, what a beautiful story… :)

  5. Ðα says – reply to this


    no shit

  6. Emily says – reply to this


    Perhaps he did not want to be found… sexual assault!

  7. Sue says – reply to this


    Re: Emily – It's a different guy who did the sexual assult, different middle initials, different schools, etc….