(NBC NEWS) A man missing since Wednesday was found by his family after this photo appeared in the pages of USA TODAY.

Nicholas A. Simmons, 20, disappeared from his family’s house in a tiny upstate New York town on New Year’s Day. Three days later, a photographer with the Associated Press documenting the bitter cold in Washington, D.C., took Nicholas’ photo as he warmed himself on a steam grate just a stone’s throw from the U.S. Capitol.

Paul and Michelle Simmons — Nicholas’ parents — saw the photograph of their missing son in the Sunday edition of USA Today. After authorities intervened, the parents reunited with Nicholas in Washington later that day.

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