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Elmhurst Man with Autism Found Safe and Sound at Area Hospital

Peter Gonzalez (Facebook)

Oct. 9, 2018 By Tara Law

The Elmhurst man with autism who went missing on Oct. 2 has been found safe and unharmed, his brother announced on Facebook Monday.

Peter Gonzalez, a 32-year-old with autism and emotional problems, had not been seen since he was spotted at Veterans Grove Park last week. His twin brother, David Gonzalez, wrote on Facebook yesterday that Peter was identified at an area hospital by a hospital employee who recognized him from a news report.

“I just saw him,” David wrote on Facebook. “He’s disoriented but in good spirits. Thank you so much to everyone that helped out in the search and offered help in any way.”

David mounted a dedicated effort to find Peter over the last week. He spoke to reporters on ABC Eyewitness News, papered the neighborhood with missing person posters, printed t-shirts with Peter’s photo, and searched the neighborhood’s parks and alleyways.

“I’ve looked in every single corner, because in the state he’s in, he hides,” David said last week.

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…although thinking about it it was kind of cruel for God to make him go missing in the first place.


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