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Plano man with cerebral palsy reported missing

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UPDATE: Corey Cann found safe in Carbondale, Illinois early Sunday evening.

A 21-year old southwest suburban man with cerebral palsy has been reported missing from his home since Friday, when two men supposedly friends from college came and left with him in his wheelchair.

Plano police are asking for the public's help in locating Corey Cann who was last seen at his home by his oldest brother.

"We are following up on every possible lead to ensure (Corey's) safe return home," Plano Police Chief Steven Eaves said Sunday.

Family said Corey graduated from Plano High School in 2010 and is confined to a power wheel chair. The young man left the house with two people described in their late teens or early 20s who were supposedly friends from college.

A group was organizing an effort Sunday afternoon to search for Cann beginning at the Yorkville Community Christian Church, 129 Commercial Drive.

Ed Cann said his brother had no winter coat, shoes or socks on. Cann said his brother suffers from a condition that requires him to wear tight-fitting socks and elevate his legs to aid a circulation condition.

"We have received numerous phone calls. We do not have any evidence of foul play at this time, but we are following up with any possible leads," Eaves said.

"The family considers him leaving very suspicious," the police chief said.

Ed Cann was the last to see his brother at around 6:50 p.m. Friday night. Cann said that Corey had asked him late in the afternoon if two friends from Southern Illinois University could come over to the house.

Cann said he told Corey that he thought it would be OK for them to come to the house, so long as he texted his mother at work. Cann said two people did come to the house and asked if Corey lived there and if they could see him so he let them in. Cann said the family's Doberman pincher was acting "out of character" so he tried to secure the dog to another room.

"A friend of mine was in the living room and by the sound of it one man went in the bathroom and the one with Corey went into the kitchen. The dog was barking and out of sorts for her. By the time I got her calmed down, I realized the house was quiet and I thought I heard a truck drive away outside," Cann said.

Cann said one of the men returned to the house and said, ‘We just took Corey out for a spin in the truck.' He walked past me back into my house when I asked what was going on. He walked to get his coat in the kitchen and before he left he walked up to the door to let the dog out of the bedroom."

"It all happened in around seven minutes," Cann said. Cann said he tried for several minutes to reach his brother on his cell phone but it kept going to voice mail.

"Even if this was a weekend joy ride getaway thing, it is so unlike Corey," the brother said. "If Corey goes somewhere, to church or the movies, he is either with one of us or we escort him to the destination and return to bring him home."

Cann said Corey attended SIU for about a year before his health began to decline. Corey has black hair and weighs around 165 pounds and is about 5-feet-2-inches in height. Cann said a woman reported to police Sunday morning that she saw Corey on the back of a tan pick-up truck in his power chair.

"Corey is a very caring, loving person and super trusting. If he feels someone is in need, he will give without question, whether he knows them or not. His character is to help, assist and trust people," Cann said.

Cann said the behavior of the two people struck him as odd. "They didn't seem like they were over to visit a friend they had not seen for over a year. They seemed skittish and nervous walking into the home and not overly excited to see a friend. It all happened so quick," Cann said.

Plano police are asking people with any possible information to contact the Plano Police Department at (630) 552-3121.

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