PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. — A 21-year-old Prairie Village man who hasn’t been seen in over a day was found safe Wednesday afternoon.
Police confirmed with FOX4 that 21-year-old McGuire Thomas was found safe in Kansas City, Missouri.
More than 150 people joined the search for Thomas Wednesday.
“It just touched my heart that this young man probably spent the night outside by himself and he’s scared. And the more people that can come out to help, the better. we’re going to find him today,” volunteer Jan Riley said. “His dad can take him in his arms and give him a big hug.”
“It will be wonderful and be very, very happy thanksgiving and holiday for his family,” Riley said.
Thomas has autism and had not been seen since Tuesday afternoon near his home at 86th and Nall Avenue.
“I have such a wonderful community of friends and family,” Maggie Orendac said. “I’m very blessed that way and there are not enough words to express how thankful I am for all the people who have come out here and tried to help us.”
“Combing neighborhoods, knocking on doors, looking in backyards, following creek beds – anything we can think of to try and find him and bring him home,” Orendac said.
“This is the worst nightmare of my life,” Orendac said. “This is something that I’ve always been afraid of as a mother with a special needs child. It’s surreal at the same time. It’s almost like I’m living in a horrible nightmare.”