Fifty-seven hours after he was seen in his home, a 25-year-old autistic Columbus man has been found safe and sound in the backyard of the same home on 19th Street South.
Christopher Jamal Reed was found by neighbors walking around in his backyard just after 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 24. He is in good condition and unharmed and appears to have spent the time away in the care of someone else. He was first reported missing on Monday, Jan. 22, by his aunt from her home where he lives.
No criminal activity is suspected, and Columbus police believe he was dropped off by someone else driving a car near his home. Police believe he was staying with someone known to him during his time away.
There are many unanswered questions remaining in the case, but Columbus Police Chief Fred Shelton says he knows the media and public attention helped hasten Reed’s return.
“At this time we believe he was staying with someone else and that person knew that Chris needed to be returned home due to the public involvement in searches and the work of police and fire officers,” Shelton said.
“This is a great ending to this case and we are grateful and encouraged by the work of everyone that took part in his safe return,” Shelton added.
The case continues to be investigated by the Columbus Police Department.