Man With Autism Missing Again

CHICAGO (CBS) — A 27-year-old man with autism is missing from his Englewood neighborhood home again, after vanishing twice before in recent months.

Zerrell Washington was reported missing for the third time in as many months from the 5600 block of South Laflin Street, police said.

He was previously reported missing on April 6, but found again on May 3. Then he was reported missing a second time on May 10, then was found.

This time, he has not been seen since Thursday, police said.

Washington is described as an African-American male, standing 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 180 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes and a medium complexion.

He was last seen wearing a yellow and orange t-shirt, black jeans and no shoes, the alert said.

Washington likes riding buses and ā€˜Lā€™ trains, police said.

Police said Washington has autism, but have not indicated how severely he is affected on the autistic spectrum.

Anyone who sees Washington is asked to call 911, or the police Wentworth Area Special Victims Unit, at (312) 747-8385.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

  • Daniel

    Maybe he’s in the Walgreen’s at Michigan & Chicago Ave?

  • Margie

    iI he is that impaired and is repeatedly lost. some locating device should be inserted under his skin which would save police man hours tring ro find hin.
    Simple solution!
    Why has no one thought of this?

    • picnic

      “…some locating device should be inserted under his skin”

      Eventually our government will make sure everybody is chipped, Margie.

    • Leroy Goldberg

      The same kind they use on animals?? How appropriate.

  • windycity

    I get a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach every time I hear about a missing person because that could happen to one of my family members. I empathize what the family is going through, it’s got to be a dreadful feeling.

    Why is it that for every missing person, there has to be a medical condition included? Are the medical conditions included just to make us feel bad about the missing person and speed up finding them? To get us to worry about them?

    Isn’t that against strict HIPPAA privacy laws?

    Then, after the missing person is found, nothing is ever said.

  • Pothead

    AGAIN ?!?!?!? The family has to realize that sooner or later they’ll commit him somewhere and when they do that, wherever he goes gets the monthly check.
    Now , if one of them reads this, they’ll watch him like a hawk.

  • VIP Cook County

    Care Track Programs are readily available and information can be obtained from law enforcement. The devices are easy to apply and affordable. And they’re specifically designed for people with autism, epilepsy, dementia, Alzheimer’s and other special needs. They save money and save lives.

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