Missing Autistic Teen Found in Posen

An 18-year-old Tinley Park man had police and village residents searching for him late Friday and early Saturday.

UPDATED: 9:32 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22

Spiro Chionis was found at 5 a.m. Saturday morning when he walked into a gas station at 147th Street and Kedzie Avenue in Posen, according to a news update from the Village of Tinley Park.

UPDATED: 5:53 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22

Spiro Chionis was found after 5 a.m. Saturday by Posen Police, according to Tinley Park Police.

More details to come later today.

UPDATED: 1:51 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22

An 18-year-old man with autism is still missing after Tinley Park Police who was last seen Friday, Dec. 21, in the 7700 block of Marquette Drive, according to a Village of Tinley Park news alert.

The teen's name is Spiro Chionis, and he is 6 feet, with black hair. He is wearing a black jacket, red sweater and black pants, the alert stated. He is non-verbal but is not violent, the release continued.

Police have been seen searching around the area of 175th Street and 80th Avenue, and a helicopter is being used to help find Spiro.

He was last seen in the area of 177th Street and Harlem Avenue, a friend of the family told Patch. The search is now moving to the Oak Park Avenue area, the friend added.

Residents are encouraged to help with the search to find Spiro. There is no central location for volunteers to meet, but they can head to the areas he has been seen, the family friend said.

Call 911 if you have seen Spiro or have any information concerning his whereabouts.


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NTK December 22, 2012 at 06:13 PM
I work at the school he attends. The fact that so many people were out looking for him brings me to tears. Thank you all for caring.
TP Resident December 22, 2012 at 06:32 PM
@Joe any word on how he got to Posen? I mean that would be one heck of a hike. It was great to see so many people up and caring last night! That's what this town is about! Not all these crimes that have been taking place. Great job TP. I believe the word of the day is NAP! Lol!
Eileen hynes December 23, 2012 at 01:34 AM
So happy they found. Him and it was a happy outcome
Megan Howard December 23, 2012 at 06:23 PM
I totally agree John....prayer is all good and well, but if you have 100 people praying, instead of actually standing up and taking action. That's 100 less people to have out there actually looking for this boy. Yes, everyone has their own circumstances as to why they may not be able to participate...but give credit where credit is due! to the people who went out and bared the cold elements to help a complete stranger! Prayer won't pick up the phone and call the police when it finds what everyone is out looking for!
carolb December 24, 2012 at 10:51 AM
Mr. McEnroe, I pray that you open yourself to the power of prayer. Wherever 2 or more are gathered you will see powerful results just like this. It is especially heartening this week, that so many did go out in the cold dark night to search for Spiro. How might you explain that in the end, not one of these individuals found him? Yet, with all the horrible things that could have befallen him, Spiro was found: far from home, safe, and sound. Coincidence? You are entitled to your opinion, but I think not. Merry Christmas!


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