NBC10 assignment editor John Taylor connected the dots to help reunite a missing Philadelphia woman with autism with her family after she was found in Bensalem, Pa.
Bensalem Police credited NBC10's own assignment editor with helping them to identify a missing Philadelphia woman.
Sunday morning, Bensalem Police responded to the Dunkin’ Donuts on 3610 Bristol Road for a report of a woman running on the roadway nearby. When police arrived, they found a woman who they say was unable to tell them who she was or where she lived.
According to police, the woman was mentally challenged and had limited verbal communication skills. The woman was taken to Lower Bucks Hospital.
After trying to identify the woman for nearly 12 hours, Bensalem Police sent out a press release with the woman's description, along with her picture, asking anyone who knew who she was to contact them.
That same day, NBC10 assignment editor John Taylor heard a scanner report from Philadelphia Police stating that 23-year-old Janetta Graham of Winton Street in Philadelphia had gone missing. According to the report, Graham suffers from autism.
When Taylor received the press release from Bensalem Police, he realized that the woman they found matched the description Philadelphia Police gave of Graham. Taylor quickly alerted Bensalem Police Sergeant Andrew Aninsman. Sergeant Aninsman in turn contacted Philadelphia Police and later confirmed that the woman at the Dunkin’ Donuts was Janetta Graham.
“Thanks to NBC10’s John Taylor, we discovered her true identity,” said Bensalem Police Corporal Adam Schwartz. “She is in the process of being put in touch with her family members. Mr. Taylor's actions without a doubt assisted with reuniting Janetta Graham to her family."
Corporal Schwartz submitted a request to the Bensalem Township Department of Public Safety for Taylor to receive an award for his actions. Taylor meanwhile remained humble despite the praise from police.
"I'm just doing my job," Taylor said.