Update: Missing Autistic Teen Possibly in Manhattan

Walter Karwan, Michael’s father, speaks to the press, hoping it will help his son return home.

Michael Karwan, a high-functioning autistic 19-year-old from Malboro, NJ, has been missing since late Tuesday night. His parents say Michael was possibly upset over school work when he left their home for a walk, leaving behind his cell phone, credit cards and money.

“We waited an hour, two hours, then we started driving around- maybe he’s just having coffee or something,” Walter Karwan, Michael’s father said. “We couldn’t find him and then became kind of desperate.”

New leads from the police suggest Michael may have gotten on a bus to Manhattan. According to his parents, he has been to Times Square before with family, and may think he is in too much trouble to come home.

“I don’t think he’s able to process that this is not a big deal- we just want him home,” his father says. “I’ll sell the world to have him home.”

Michael was last seen at a Freehold hotel, wearing a black jacket, jeans and green sneakers- not enough to keep him warm.

Michael is approximately 6 ft. tall and 220 lbs. Police ask that if you see him, call 911 and do not lose sight of him.

“Michael, I want you to come back,” Walter says in a message to his son. “Remember, you promised me that you would go to the movies with me on Friday. We love you and we can’t wait to see you.”

Source: http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/local/new_jersey&id=9333919

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