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Photographer's picture leads family to missing Greece man

Greece, N.Y. - Jacquelyn Martin snapped 100 pictures on Saturday. But one subject touched her more than usual. She came upon a young man huddling with other homeless people near a heating grate on a Washington, D.C. street.

She knew he was young and looked like he needed help. But when she tried to get more information, he would only say his name was Nick and that he hadnt eaten in a few days.

That picture wound up on the front page of USA Today. Friends of Nick saw the photo in their Sunday Newspaper and knew it was him.  Simmons hadnt been seen since last Wednesday after he took off in his car from his Greece home. Police said he was upset after a disagreement with his parents.

His parents had filed a missing persons report and told 13WHAM Friday night they were worried about their son. He was only wearing a sweat suit and left the house without his cell phone, wallet or I.D. His father told us he had a small amount of cash.

After seeing the picture, friends called Nicks parents, who in turn called Greece Police.  Police here contacted Washington police.  Nicks mother also called Jacquelyn and appealed to her to help locate her son.

The picture she snapped was taken Saturday but the photographer said she was so touched after talking to Nicks mom that she went back out to try and find him.  And there he was, she told us.

A police detective spoke to Nick and the 20 year old was taken to the hospital to be checked out. His father drove to Washington Sunday to get Nick and bring him home.

The family is grateful to everyone who helped find Nick.  Jacquelyn is grateful a change in assignment lead her to Nick and helped him find his way home.

She normally covers the White House, but since the President was still out of town, she was assigned to cover cold weather.  Thats when she snapped the picture of Nick, never realizing, it would reunite him with his family.

Something else that is neat. Jacquelyn also has ties to Rochester. She graduated from R.I.T.

Patrice Walsh

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