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Man, 20, who has Down syndrome wanders away from group home


Howard County police are searching for a 20-year-old man with Down syndrome who wandered away from a group home in Columbia yesterday morning.

Samuel McDaniel was last seen at the group home in the 6800 block of Happy Heart Lane in east Columbia's Owen Brown village at 7: 25 a.m. yesterday. Police said McDaniel, from Randallstown, recently moved to Columbia and is unfamiliar with the area.

McDaniel may seek shelter in a fast-food restaurant or shopping center area. He has the mental capacity of a 9- to 13-year-old, police said.

He is described as a black male with a fair complexion, about 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing 180 pounds. He was wearing dark clothing, one white shoe and one black shoe, a black backpack and an identification bracelet bearing his name and an emergency phone number. Anyone who has information about McDaniel's whereabouts is asked to call the Howard County Police Department at (410) 313-3700.

Pub Date: 12/06/96

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