AP Photo Finds Missing Man

    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 Year’s Day, Simmons disappeared from his parents’ 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)

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    An Associated Press photo that ran in a spread of people on the streets amid the freezing temperatures helped an upstate New York family find a missing man. Nicholas A. Simmons, 20, was last seen on New Year’s Day, and there were no leads until a photo of a man who looked like him was published in Rochester's Democrat and Chronicle, part of the Gannett newspaper chain. The caption identified the man only as “Nick.” AP photographer Jacquelyn Martin said she had asked Simmons for his personal information because “it could help him connect with his family,” but Simmons declined. The next day, Martin received a message via Twitter from USA Today reporter Natalie DiBlasio, who had used the photo with story on the freezing temperatures and had heard from Simmons’s sister.

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