A New York man missing since Wednesday has been located in Washington, D.C.

Nicholas A. Simmons, 20, was last seen leaving his home in Greece, a suburb of Rochester, on New Year's Day. Family members began a search for him by contacting local media and making posts on Facebook.

In a strange twist of coincidence, family members told local police they saw a man in a photograph published by USA TODAY in Sunday's Democrat and Chronicle who looked like Simmons.

The photograph ran with a package on cold weather sweeping across the country with a photo identifying a homeless man wrapped in a blanket on Saturday named "Nick," just blocks from the U.S. Capitol.

Sunday night, Greece police said they contacted police in Washington, who located Simmons.

"Simmons was taken to George Washington University Hospital as a precaution," according to a release from police.

"Nick is alive but obviously not well," according to a Facebook post by his mom, Michelle Hannah Simmons and the family. "We are going to get him home and safe. ... I am beyond able to put into words how I am feeling."

The image was taken by Jacquelyn Martin, a photographer with the Associated Press. She graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2001 with a fine arts degree.

The family reached out to Martin about the image, seeking more information, according to the Facebook post. "She is NOT with him and we do NOT know if he is in that same spot but we have MULTIPLE people heading to that area," the message said.

Family members then headed to the nation's capital to locate the man.

"It could have been months before we had a lead on his whereabouts. My baby looks so lost and I will be spending the rest of my life making him well," signed Michelle Hannah Simmons.

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