The family of an upstate New York man who disappeared last week found him hundreds of miles away because of a picture in a newspaper.
When 20-year-old Nicholas Simmons went missing on New Year’s Day, his family in the city of Rochester, N.Y., alerted police. Searches in the region around Rochester proved fruitless and authorities uncovered no leads in the disappearance of Nicholas Simmons until Sunday, when the family claimed that a photo of Nicholas Simmons had appeared in the local edition of USA TODAY credited to the Associated Press (AP).
According to its caption, the AP photo showed a homeless man huddled in the cold in Washington D.C. outside the Federal Trade Commission. The AP photo had been snapped by Jacquelyn Martin, who said she spoke with Nicholas Martin, who only called himself “Nick” when asked for his name.
The family of Nicholas Simmons contacted Martin who helped them trace his location. Washington D.C. police later took Nicholas Simmons to George Washington University Hospital. His father has visited him at the hospital.
The AP photo was chosen by chance from thousands taken by AP photographers each day. The family of Nicholas Simmons has since taken down a Facebook (FB) page dedicated to searching for him.