Archive for Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Lawrence man with disability found safe after going missing from group home

May 14, 2013, 10:57 a.m. Updated May 14, 2013, 7:20 p.m.


Jim and Gail Ellis, of Lawrence, were relieved Tuesday to find their son Andrew after he walked away from a group home in Leawood early in the morning. Andrew Ellis, 20, lives in the supervised community because he suffers from a brain injury and his parents were worried that he wasn't safe walking the streets by himself.

Leawood police issued an alert to law enforcement in the Kansas City area. Jim Ellis had said he thought Andrew might make his way to Lawrence, where his parents live.

Gail Ellis said Andrew suffers from a developmental brain injury that might not be immediately apparent to those who meet him. He left the Life Centers community living center in Leawood, where he has been living since December, early Tuesday morning on foot, and was located by his parents later in the day.


workinghard 4 years, 8 months ago

Praying for his safe return. Good luck.

Currahee 4 years, 8 months ago

Same here. It does not help that he goes missing on a hot day like today.

workinghard 4 years, 8 months ago

Glad to hear he is safe. Nice to have a happy ending for once.

Rae Hudspeth 4 years, 8 months ago

We're very glad to see the update that Andrew has been found safe.

I'd really like for the LJW to consider using the term "lives with" regarding disabilities, rather than "suffers from", unless that was a direct quote from the mother. It's rather insensitive and sensationalizing to assume that someone is "suffering" from a disease or disability that is a part of their daily lives, no matter how different from ours it may seem.

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