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What Happened to Missing Devereux Man?

Circumstances surrounding his disappearance remain unclear.

Eastown Police and Devereux say Jose Dedin was found Wednesday night in Phialdelphia's third police district after being reported missing from Devereux's Berwyn Campus on Tuesday.

What happened in the time he was gone and how he is found remains unclear as of early Friday morning.  The case is still under investigation by Easttown Police and Devereux.

Devereux's Directors for PA Adult Services issued the following statement Thursday afternoon in response to questions from Patch:

 “We are very happy to report that Jose was located (Wednesday) evening around 9:00 in Philadelphia, with the help of some vigilant citizens and Officer Ed Mazur of the Philadelphia Police. Jose was in good health and spirits. He is back in his home and is feeling great. 

 We are very thankful to the Eastown Police Department, the Philadelphia Police Department and especially Officer Mazur, and our entire region that responded so quickly to help. We're blessed to be part of such a caring community, and send our sincere thanks to everyone."


Earlier statements from Devereux indicated that Dedin, who has intellectual disabilities and occasionally suffers from seizures is free to come and go as he pleases.  Officials say he was also familiar with riding public transit in his native Venezuela but may not have been familiar with SEPTA.  Before he disappeared Tuesday morning Easttown Police said he was believed to have been possibly last seen boarding a city-bound SEPTA train at the Berwyn Train Station. His native language is Spanish but police reported that he also speaks some English and Italian.

Before he had been found Wednesday evening Deverux's Executive Director for Adult Services in Pennsylvania Judith Lau told Patch "While he is an independent adult and can choose to leave the cottage when he wishes, we are very concerned about him, and especially because of this terrible weather. We are working closely with the local police, who have been wonderful, as has our community who are being very supportive in the search. We're doing everything we can think of to find Jose and bring him home safely."

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William Keyser January 24, 2014 at 10:47 PM
Beautifully articulated!

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