Missing teen with autism, Michael Karwan, found safe in Cleveland, reunited with parents

FREEHOLD, N.J. - A missing New Jersey teen with autism was found safe in Cleveland Tuesday evening and reunited with his parents overnight.

Michael Karwan, 19, was reported missing from his parents' home in Marlboro, N.J. on Nov. 11, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office.

Over a week, Karwan took a bus from Monmouth County to Manhattan. From there, he traveled to Philadelphia and Pittsburgh before making it to Cleveland Saturday, a news release said.

In Cleveland, Karwan checked-in to a Volunteers of America shelter. A worker recognized Karwan from a Facebook post identifying him as a missing person and contacted Marlboro Police, the prosecutor's office said.

Cleveland police went to the shelter and confirmed Karwan as the missing person, according to the news release.

"With Michael Karwan safely reunited with his parents, we all have a little more to give thanks for this Thanksgiving holiday," said Christopher J. Gramiccioni, acting Monmouth County Prosecutor, in the written news release.

Numerous police and law enforcement agencies participated in the search, including the FBI divisions in Cleveland, Newark and New York City.

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