Autistic man is reunited with his family
Published: January 8, 2006 | 3219th good news item since 2003
An autistic man found New Year’s Day in pajamas at the Lindenwold station of the PATCO High-Speed Line was identified and reunited with family members yesterday, authorities said.
Coston Pratt, 23, of West Philadelphia, was picked up at 2 p.m. by his mother and grandmother at Kennedy Memorial Hospitals-University Medical Center/Stratford, where he had been staying, the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office said.
Authorities believe that on Jan. 1, Pratt took a train from his neighborhood into Center City, then boarded the PATCO line and exited at Lindenwold. PATCO police found him at 11 a.m.
He had been wearing a sweatshirt and pajama bottoms, but no shoes or socks.
Hospital workers had tried to use American Sign Language to communicate with Pratt but were not successful. After being handed a telephone, he attempted to dial a number in the 215 area code, but the call did not go through.
Relatives contacted the police in Stratford after spotting Pratt’s photo in local newspapers.