Daniel Otero, the 24-year-old who went missing on Monday, turned up Thursday morning in the Montefiore Mount Vernon Hospital, more then 20 miles away from his Queens home.
Otero, a diagnosed schizophrenic, called his brother Marcus this morning, informing him that he was in the Mt.Vernon, N.Y. hospital, according to Daniel’s sister Luz Lopez.
Lopez said that there are no visible wounds on her brother but the hospital will hold him as they continue to do blood tests and give him medicine for his schizophrenia. With no car or money and two very blistered feet, Lopez believes that her brother must have walked the distance between their home in Lindenwood all the way up past the Bronx.
“He doesn’t recognize any of us,” she said. “So it’s incredible that he even remembered my brother’s phone number this morning.”
Daniel went missing on Monday after walking a relative to P.S. 232 in Lindenwood, triggering a missing person search by police and Daniel’s family and friends.
“I’m so relieved that he’s been found and he isn’t hurt,” Lopez said from the Mt. Vernon hospital.