Man With Special Needs Found After Going Missing in South Suburbs

A man with special needs who was reported missing in the south suburbs was located by police Sunday. 

Family members and a non-profit organization initially asked for the public’s help in finding 35-year-old Jonathan Barnes late Sunday morning before he was found safely by Harvey police.

He was last seen Saturday at around 6 p.m., according to a release from CTF Illinois, an organization that serves individuals with disabilities.

Barnes is a resident of one of CTF Illinois’ group homes, located in Flossmoor, but was in Sauk Village when he went missing, the organization said.

He was described as a light-skinned African-American male, standing at around 4 feet 11 inches tall and weighing approximately 100 pounds.

Barnes has “an unsteady gait” and a speech impediment, CTF Illinois said, and requires regular medications - giving the search more urgency. 

Details on the circumstances surrounding both his disappearance and his eventual recovery were not immediately available.

When reached, Sauk Village police declined to give further information as the investigation remained ongoing, but said Chief Robert Kowalski planned to issue a statement Monday morning.

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