WASHINGTON – The parents of a missing young man featured in an Associated Press photograph on a frigid Washington street say they're still not sure why he left home in the first place but that they're determined to get him the help he needs.
Twenty-year-old Nicholas Simmons stormed out of his parents' house in Greece, N.Y., on Jan. 1. He left his wallet and cellphone as he drove away. His parents reported him missing that evening.
On Jan. 4, AP photographer Jacquelyn Martin snapped a picture of Nicholas warming himself on a downtown Washington steam grate. After the photo was published, Nicholas' father and brother drove to Washington and were reunited with him.
Mother Michelle Simmons tells the AP in an interview that she couldn't stop staring at the photo.