Nicholas Simmons was reported missing by his family on New Years day. When his photo started circulating in the news his family seen it, and he was reunited safely with them. Simmons had his photo taken by a photographer from the Associated Press as he and 3 other homeless men warmed themselves on a steam grate just minutes away from the Nations Capital.
It is reported that Nicholas Simmons disappeared without taking his phone or his wallet. It was 4 long days before the photo was taken. The family was actually notified through a Facebook page that was put in place to find Nicholas about the picture.
Associated Press photographer, Martin stated that "it's really gratifying to see that a photograph can make a tangible difference in someone's life. That's a really amazing thing to have happened," she said. "I'm happy and touched that the photograph could help reunite this family."
Sgt. David Mancuso said, "It was pure dumb luck how all this happened; it's truly a miracle.""
Simmons is a resident of Upstate New York.
A friend of the Simmons family stated that Nicholas was reciently released from the hospital on Sunday night. He went with his father and his brother to a Washington hotel, and they are now on their way back home to Greece, NY.
The photo was originally meant to document the effects of the cold and frigid temperatures on the homeless, and in this case it served to reunite this family. It possibly saved Simmons life with the temperatures expected to drop significantly over the next couple of days.