[Missing: (Asperger's) John Heath Noss, 24 Maitland, Florida (left vague note he was planning to head toward Philadelphia)]
Suzie Penn hasn't given up hope on finding her son who's been missing for a month.
She and family members continue to search for John Heath Noss, a 24-year-old with Asperger's syndrome who wandered away from their Tuscarora Trail home in Maitland. Noss was reported missing the morning of Jan. 16 after Penn discovered his bed sheets covering a pillow where he would have been sleeping.
"There hasn't been any sighting of John or any credible leads and we're hoping he's not far from home," said Penn, who described her son as having the mental development of a teenager.
Police have since entered Noss into the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, Lt. Louis Grindle said.
Noss is 135 pounds, 5 feet 5 inches tall with dirty blonde hair and hazel eyes.
Noss left a vague note saying he was planning to head toward Philadelphia, where he's originally from. But after talking to relatives up north, checking family computers and phone logs, Penn does not believe Noss ever made contact with anyone up north. She said Noss would not have the means to make it very far because he doesn't have a phone, credit card or large amount of cash and he left his medication at home.
Penn has continued her own search by reaching out to churches, Christian organizations and homeless shelters all over Central Florida. Friends and family have helped her distribute flyers in the community.
"We're just waiting for that one little lead to turning over that stone to tell us where John is," Penn said. "If anybody had taken him or has him, just please call us and let us know he's OK and what he needs."
Anyone with information about Noss' whereabouts should contact Maitland police at 407-539-6262.