Missing Ethiopian man found wandering on I-95 north


An Ethiopian man who had become separated from family members Monday during a visit to Center City was found safe by police wandering along the northbound lanes of Rte. I-95.

A Pennsylvania State Trooper on routine patrol found Kifleyohanesse Tessema, 62, walking along the highway at 7 a.m. Tuesday and took him to Episcopal Hospital. From there, he was transferred to a shelter for the homeless.

Towamencin Township police had circulated a news release Tuesday describing Tessema as missing. They  were notified Tuesday night that he had been located. Tessema’s family lives in the township.

Once Tessema was positively identified as the missing person, he was transported by State Police to SEPTA police headquarters and turned over to a family member.

When he vanished Monday, Tessema had no money and no identification on him. He does not speak English. Tessema disappeared near the Market Street East Station after he and his family rode the regional rail line into Center City.