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Sunday 18 August 2019

Missing marathon runner found on the subway days later in a disorientated state

The picture of Marengo that was circulated by New York Police
The picture of Marengo that was circulated by New York Police Credit:Twitter/@NYPDmissing

Sarah-Jane Murphy

An Italian man who disappeared after the New York City Marathon was found days later in a bewildered state on the subway.

The New York Times reports that he was spotted by a police officer, sitting opposite him on the train, who was reading an article about the missing man on his phone.

Gianclaudio P. Marengo (30) was reported missing soon after the conclusion of the marathon by his group of Italian friends.

He does not speak any English and was in the city with several recovering addicts from San Patrignano, a drug rehabilitation center on the Adriatic coast.

The centre described Marengo as “a fragile person, vulnerable and very emotional who after years of drug abuse had found an opportunity for recovery in San Patrignano”.

Boschini said that Marengo was the least athletic of his group and he ran on ahead of Marengo at some point during the 26.2 mile race.

However, his friends became concerned when they couldn't locate him.

When he did not show up for a dinner reservation, the group phoned the Italian Consulate who contacted the police.

Marengo was in good health when he was found but was hospitalised for a full medical check up.

After being found Marengo explained that during the race he lost the handwritten directions to his hotel.

Despite extensive searching he couldn’t find his friends, so he resorted to sleeping in Central Park for one night, before going to JFK airport where he hoped to meet up with his friends.

"But airport authorities thought he looked homeless so they kicked him out," Boschini said.

As he travelled on the subway, he was spotted by police officer Man Yam, who was on his way to work.

He spotted Marengo sitting across from him and realised the Italian man – still wearing his running clothes – looked distressed, he told the New York Times.

"I got a seat and, literally, he is sitting across from me,” Officer Yam said. “It hit me right away based on his mannerism and what he looked like.”

The kind hearted police officer then bought Marengo a coffee and a doughnut.

"I was just doing what any person, man or woman, whether in my department or not, would do,” the officer told the newspaper.

Marango has since flown back to Italy.

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