Philadelphia police: Man with cerebral palsy missing since Wednesday

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Philadelphia police are urging the public to help locate a man with cerebral palsy, who has been missing since Wednesday.

Gerald Fomalont, 60, was last seen leaving APS, a workplace for people with disabilities, around 2:30 p.m. in the area of McNulty and Southampton roads.

Gerald Fomalont

Police say he walked toward Roosevelt Boulevard to catch one of two buses to reach his home near Bustleton Avenue and Red Lion Road.

He never boarded a bus. He never made it home.

Fomalont left work during the snow squalls on Wednesday afternoon.

Fomalont's sister, Linda Gaeman, say he may have become disoriented.

"We've called all the hospitals looking for even a John Doe, but haven't found anything yet," said Gaeman.

Philadelphia police were out looking for Fomalont in Northeast Philadelphia in and around Benjamin Rush State Park near Southampton and the Boulevard.

"He might not dress for the cold as well as someone else might. He might be wearing gloves- I don't know if he was wearing gloves. I know he had a winter coat on," said Gaeman.

Her greatest hope is that somehow her brother made it to one of the many shelters that opened up because of the Code Blue prompted by the brutal cold.

"I know he knows how to get home. He knows this area very well, lived here for 15 years. So that's what's very concerning," said Gaeman.

Gaeman says her brother is very friendly, to a fault. He's high functioning, but childlike in some ways and may get a little mixed up. But, she says, Fomalont would be able to tell you his name and her name.

He carries information in his wallet.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Northeast Detective Division at 215-686-3153 or 911.

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