Missing man Keonte Johnson located after family said he was mistakenly discharge from hospital

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Friday, July 15, 2022
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Keonte Johnson, 25, has gone missing after being discharged from a Chicago area hospital after a week-long mental health evaluation, his family said.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A 25-year-old man who went missing after his family said he was discharged from a Chicago area hospital after a week-long mental health evaluation, has been located, police said.

Keonte Johnson, 25, had gone missing after being discharged from a Chicago area hospital after a week-long mental health evaluation, his family said.

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Friday morning, a missing person alert for Johnson issued by Cicero police said he was located.

Johnson's family said he should never have been released at all.

"They just released him. They know he wasn't in his right mind. They know he never been in this area and he don't know how to get home," said Elijah Johnson, father.

The family said their nightmare began last week after they told Keonte, who has special needs and was later diagnosed as schizophrenic, that they were moving from the south suburban home he sometimes shared with a close cousin who recently died.

"He did not what to leave that house where he was at because it had a lot of memories. His cousin was there," said Cirstin Jackson, mother.

Police responded and took Keonte to a local hospital, which then transferred him to St. Anthony Hospital where he was admitted for a mental evaluation.

Relatives said he was there for a week, and when they arrived to pick him up on July 12 they learned he had already been released.

"They say it was another Johnson and so they let both of the Johnsons go," Jackson said.

Officials with St. Anthony Hospital did not respond to ABC7's requests for comment.

The family began searching for Keonte and filed a missing persons report with Chicago police. They also filed a report with Cicero police after Keonte was spotted and picked up by officers there. He did not appear to be in distress and was released before officers learned he was listed as involuntarily missing from the hospital.