Rashawn Williams, who had been missing for six days, was discovered safe and unharmed at a Washington, D.C.-area train station
A 31-year-old nonverbal man with Down syndrome was found safe last week at a Washington, D.C.-area train station six days after walking out of a hotel, authorities said.
Rashawn Williams was found unharmed in the back room of the Glenmont Metro station on Thursday, according to the Montgomery County Department of Police and NBC affiliate WRC-TV.
Surveillance video at an eastern Montgomery County Residence Inn, where Williams had been staying with members of his group home following a fire at their facility, showed him boarding an R2 bus on Oct. 20, according to police and WRC-TV. But the leads on his whereabouts diminished in the following days, his father, Jimmy Hall, told the station.
"I don't know if someone has him, or — because he has Down syndrome,” Hall told WRC-TV before Williams was found. “He's nonverbal; he [doesn't] have any ID.”
The search for the man only intensified about three days after he went missing, Hall told The Washington Post.
While family members searched day and night for their loved one, whom they affectionately refer to as "Shawnyboy," Hall told the paper that the slow-moving search was becoming increasingly frustrating.
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During his own efforts to find his son, he told the Post that he flagged down a police officer in Prince George’s County who did not even know Williams was missing.
Authorities told the newspaper that the search was complicated due to the size of the area, which included multiple municipalities and agencies.
According to those involved in the search, the search was hampered further because Williams was not carrying any electronic markers, such as a cell phone or credit cards, the Post reported.
But on Thursday, Williams’ family rejoiced when the man was found safe and in good health in the back of an emergency exit corridor at the train station, per WRC-TV.
He was taken to a local hospital, where Williams was treated for dehydration for several hours, according to WRC-TV and the Post.
And his family members are delighted at the happy outcome. “He’s an angel,” Hall told the Post about his son. “He loves to eat, he loves music, he loves to dance. He’s an absolute angel.”
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