Police say missing autistic man found safe

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UPDATE 1/24, 9:55 A.M. – Police say Jesus Correa has been found safe.

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) is looking for help locating missing 22-year-old Jesus Correa.

“I just want him to return home. We love him a lot,” his mother, Maria Garcia, told CBS4 News Saturday night.

Police said Correa, who is autistic, was last seen around 11 p.m. Friday night at his home on the 200 block of South Villa Avenue. His parents said they saw him as he was going to bed and discovered him missing early Saturday morning around 6 a.m.

Correa is described as a 5’6” Hispanic man with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt with blue jeans and royal blue tennis shoes. Family members said he left his winter coat behind and they don’t know whether he was wearing a hat.

His family issued a plea to anyone with information on his whereabouts to call police and let them know.

“We’re missing him. He’s all we have. We want him to come back home,” said Garcia.

Correa’s father, Jesus Correa, said he is at a loss for words nearly 24 hours after his only child was last seen.

“I simply want him to appear. It seems like a nightmare,” said Correa.

Correa told CBS4 his son knows his name and is very friendly. He said he understands both English and Spanish, but might have difficulty having a conversation with people.

“He’s very friendly. Ask him by his name. His name is Jesus,” said Correa.

His father also said Correa knows his address, but he does not know the zip code to his home.

IMPD said on Saturday, K9 units with the department searched the area for Correa.

Saturday evening, Correa’s family also enlisted help from nonprofit, Indiana K9 Search & Recovery, who arrived with additional resources to help search for Correa.

In a missing persons advisory issued Saturday, IMPD said Correa does not know how to get out of the cold. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call the IMPD Missing Persons Unit at 317-327-6160 or 317-327-3811.

Jesus Correa (left) pictured with his father, Jesus, in a photo from last week

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