UPDATE: Peter Maloney was found safe on a Metra train by a Good Samaritan and has been reunited with his family, Batavia police announced Tuesday evening.
Batavia police are searching for a missing mentally disabled man last seen boarding an Amtrak train in Champaign Monday morning.
Peter Maloney, 68, of Batavia, was visiting family in Champaign and boarded a train to Chicago around 10:14 a.m., according to Detective Kevin Bretz, spokesperson for the Batavia Police Department.
The train was due at Union Station – where Maloney was then to board a Metra train to the Route 59 station in Aurora – at 2:30 p.m., but he never arrived, Bretz said.
Bretz said it was unclear whether Maloney got off the Amtrak train before it arrived in Chicago.
Maloney, who lives with family in Batavia, was traveling alone on Monday, according to Bretz.
Maloney was last seen wearing a Chicago Bears stocking hat, an orange Illini sweatshirt, a brown hooded jacket, blue jeans and black winter boots, Bretz said.
Maloney also wears gold-rimmed glasses. He was described as being 5-foot-4 and having brown hair, hazel eyes and weighing about 113 pounds.
“We don’t believe any harm has come to Mr. Maloney at this point,” Bretz said. “We’re just kind of hoping that he either tries to make contact … or (gets) picked up by the police.”
Maloney, who has been described as shy by his family, is known for frequenting coffee shops, Bretz said. Authorities also said Maloney smokes cigarettes.
“If he saw a coffee shop, he might just go in there and sit and wait … that’s just one of his habits,” he said. “He’s certainly not a danger to anyone. He’s certainly a gentle person, according to the family.”
Anyone with information regarding Maloney’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact local authorities or the Batavia Police Department Investigations Division at (630) 454-2500.