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Missing man's family says they'll get him help

Thursday - 1/9/2014, 4:24pm  ET

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Nicholas Simmons, 20, of Greece, N.Y., warms himself on a steam grate with three homeless men by the Federal Trade Commission, just blocks from the Capitol, during frigid temperatures in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. On New Yearís Day, Simmons disappeared from his parentsí house in a small upstate New York town, leaving behind his wallet, cellphone and everything else. Four days later, an Associated Press photographer, looking for a way to illustrate unusually cold weather, took his picture as he warmed himself on a steam grate a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol. His parents Paul and Michelle Simmons saw the photograph in USA Today Sunday morning after it was brought to their attention through a Facebook page set up to help find their son, according to police and family friends, and were able to report his location to D.C. police who transported him to a hospital where he was reunited with his father and brother who drove all day to find him. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin))

BEN NUCKOLS
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The parents of a missing young man featured in an Associated Press photograph on a frigid Washington street say they're still not sure why he left home in the first place but that they're determined to get him the help he needs.

Twenty-year-old Nicholas Simmons stormed out of his parents' house in Greece, N.Y., on Jan. 1. He left his wallet and cellphone as he drove away. His parents reported him missing that evening.

On Jan. 4, AP photographer Jacquelyn Martin snapped a picture of Nicholas warming himself on a downtown Washington steam grate. After the photo was published, Nicholas' father and brother drove to Washington and were reunited with him.

Mother Michelle Simmons tells the AP in an interview that she couldn't stop staring at the photo.


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