Teenager with Autism Missing from Marlboro, May be in Manhattan
Michael Karwan, 19, of Marlboro, N.J., was reported missing Tuesday night after he left his home on foot after becoming frustrated, possibly over schoolwork, according to ABC 7. His family is offering a $25,000 a reward for finding their son.
They believe he may be in Manhattan. Congressman Michael Grimm, a friend of the family, joined volunteers in searching the Times Square area. According to Grimm's office, the teen was seen at the Port Authority Bus Terminal on Wednesday. His father works in midtown, and he has a favorite comic book store on 40th Street and 7th Avenue.
Karwan's father, Walter Karwan, told ABC 7 the family had been to Times Square together before. He said his son is high-functioning however, he may be functioning at diminished capacity given that he is likely in unfamiliar surroundings.
Grimm is a former FBI agent, and Karwan's family enlisted his help in the search for their son.
Karwan's family believes he is almost out of money, and the team will focus on 24-hour locations where he may be trying to keep warm, Grimm's office said. Marlboro Police, as well as other state, federal, and New York authorities are also searching for the teen. Michael Karwan is 6 feet tall, weighs 220 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes. He may have a beard growing. He was last wearing a black coat, blue jeans, and grey sneakers with lime green laces. If seen, call 911 or 917-359-7440.
Wandering is a common, dangerous issue for the autism community and puts tremendous stress on families.
This is a flyer of Michael that has been being distributed out to our community. Please share to help spread the word.