25k reward offered for missing autistic Marlboro teen

    Authorities continue to search for a Marlboro teenager who has been missing since Tuesday night.

    Michael Karwan, described as a high-functioning autistic 19-year-old, left home voluntarily after an argument with his parents, wearing a black jacket, blue jeans, and green sneakers, police said.

    Karwan is described as 6-feet tall and 220 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair, police said.

    Staten Island Congressman Michael Grimm, a friend of the Karwan family, told PIX11 that Karwan boarded a bus to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan 

    Karwan’s father, Walter, told WABC that his son, who has visited Times Square in the past, may think that he is “in too much trouble” to return, according to the report.

    “Michael, I want you to come back, remember, you promised me that you would go to the movies with me on Friday. We love you and we can’t wait to see you,” Walter Karwan told WABC. 

    Karwan, who is likely traveling on foot, attempted to check into a Freehold hotel on Tuesday night but was turned away due to lack of identification, according to an earlier Asbury Park Press report

    A $25,000 reward is offered for information that leads to Karwan, who may be drawn to businesses that offer comic books and movies, the newspaper reports.

    Anyone who spots Karwan is asked to contact Marlboro Det. John Bise at (732) 536-0100.

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