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.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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  1. Glad to hear

    Glad to hear that he was found safe and

    reunited with his family. My question is will

    the school district take any steps to make sure

    something like this never happens again at park

    or any Evanston school?

    1. Devoted Staff
      Please, this is an incredibly devoted, wonderful staff who was heartbroken that this happened. They will make every measure, as they do so every day.

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