Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Connecticut Family Reunited with Son

Nathan Carman, the Middletown teenager who was found by police in Virginia Monday night after being missing since Thursday, was picked up by his parents about noon Tuesday, officials said.
Sharon Hartstein, a family spokeswoman, said Carman's parents drove most of the night to get to Sussex, Va.
"We're all exhausted. We're all relieved, and we are all immeasurably grateful for all the help," Hartstein said.
Carman, 17, has Asperger syndrome, a form of autism, and had last been spotted near a bus station in New Haven on Thursday.He told his father, Clark Carman, on Wednesday night that he was going to get up in the morning and ride his bicycle to Westbrook to go fishing. Police and the family believe he did not go fishing. In retrospect, they believe that he was grieving over the recent loss of his beloved horse, Cruise.
Ann Guptill, owner of Fox Ledge Farm in East Haddam, said Carman's close relationship with the horse was obvious in the three years she worked with the family.
"Nathan and [Cruise] definitely had a special bond," Guptill said. "Even before Nathan got close to his stall he knew Nathan was there."

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