A homeless man that has special needs is getting lots of help from Facebook to reunite him with his family.
Sean, has been homeless for several years and Trisha Hipps El-Sharkaway has been offering him help by buying him food and providing him with clothes and blankets. Then it occurred to her that maybe she could help him find his family and asked him if it was okay to post his picture on Facebook and he happily agreed. This is Trisha’s post:
“This is my homeless friend, Sean. My children and I have known him for several years and taken him food, clothes, and blankets. Sean is Special Needs. He can’t read or write and sounds like an 8-year-old child when he talks. He recently told me that he is here because he got lost and can’t find his way home. He was on a Greyhound Bus to visit someone and got on the wrong bus at a rest stop. He’s been lost ever since. He thinks he’s from Springfield, Missouri. Someone has to be looking for him. He’s such a harmless, gentle soul. Please pray for him.”
Almost immediate it was thought that Sean was Sean White, a man that had gone missing back in 2004 from Farmington, Mo., but it was found that Sean White was actually in a psychiatric hospital and had been there shortly after he was reported missing, according to Sean’s brother, Robbie White who to the Springfield News-Leader. The police department failed to pull the missing person report and it has been floating around social media every since.
As of Sunday morning, El-Sharawy’s Facebook past has reached over 250,000 views as everyone is sharing and trying to help find out who Sean is.
Missing Homeless in America, a new Facebook page that just began two weeks ago posts photos of the homeless that may also be missing so that family’s that are looking for their missing loved one can look at the photos on the page to see if their is a match. Sean’s photo is there along with many other photos of homeless people that are trying to survive on the streets of America.
“There was a photo of Sean White posted on the page almost immediately and it looked like a good match, but Sean White had been found in 2004.” said Jerrie Dean. “Today there has been many more posters of missing people that followers are posting that are a viable match. I think it’s only a matter of time before Sean’s family is found.”
El-Sharkawy, told the Inquistr that many people have helped Sean over the years by giving him food, but now with the help of social media it is a possibility that Sean will get the biggest help he has ever gotten of finding his family.
Sean doesn’t remember his last name but thinks he is from Springfield and that he got on the wrong bus several years back and became lost. He’s been on the streets every since.
If you recognize Sean or think you know who he may be, please send a tip over to Missing Persons of America.