Update 9:42 p.m.: Evanston police now say Joshua Vazquez, the person reported missing from Park School earlier today, has been located in Park Ridge.
Update 6:45 a.m. 3/25/15: Police say Vazquez was located by an off-duty police officer from Triton College, near Cumberland Avenue and Oakton Street in Park Ridge.
The off-duty officer contacted Park Ridge police, who were able to identify Vazquez as being missing from Evanston. Vazquez appeared to be in good health but was taken to Lutheran General Hospital to be examined for hypothermia and has since been reunited with his family.
The school district said that Vazquez, 19, did not return from gym period with the rest of his class at about 1 p.m. today, which prompted officials at the school, operated jointly by the Evanston/Skokie School District 65 and Evanston Township High School, to call the police and to alert the young man’s family.
“The school was searched, and we now know that Joshua left the building,” a District 65 spokesman said.
Local authorities, aided by members of the child’s family and District 65 staff members,canvassed the area around the school, they said.
Park School, located in the 800 block of Main Street, is a school for about 70 severely handicapped students from both Evanston-based public school districts.