Evan Cater, 38, who had been missing for three weeks, is alive and safe in a medical setting, his father Douglas Cater has confirmed.
Cater, who has battled schizophrenia, disappeared from his home in the 500 block of South Elmwood Avenue in Oak Park on Aug. 18, with no money or identification. He reportedly was found the same day he went missing, but health care officials could not determine Cater's identity until last week. His family was notified last Friday.
"He was confused and didn't want to share any information [about his identity with doctors]," said his father.
Medical personnel contacted the Oak Park police when they pieced together Cater's identity. The family had filed a missing persons report, but after two weeks of hearing nothing had asked local media to help.
"The family decided we've got to get the word out," Douglas Cater said. "We had been posting fliers, but the news articles helped. People began calling and expressing their sympathy for our loss. Our family wishes to thank everyone for their concern and to reassure them that he has been found safe."