MONTEBELLO, Calif. >> Police Sunday discovered a woman’s body inside the trunk of the car of a Montebello family that’s been missing for five days, authorities said.
The Perez family was last seen Friday, Montebello police officials said. The missing family includes Daniel Perez, 43, his wife Erica Perez, 39, and their sons Alex, 6, Tristan, 8, Jaiden, 9, and Jordan, 11.
Police launched an investigation Tuesday after a relative reported the Perez family missing, Montebello police officials said in a written statement. The family has not been seen or heard from since.
But the case turned from a missing persons investigation into a homicide investigation Wednesday afternoon when police made a grisly discovery.
Based on a tip received while canvassing the family’s neighborhood, investigators found a black 2010 Honda Accord belonging to the family about 5 p.m., parked along the curb at 2nd Street and Harding Avenue, next to Beverly Hospital, Montebello police Capt. Luis Lopez said. The car was found less than a mile to the north of the family’s 1st Street home.
Police then discovered the body of a woman inside the trunk of the car, Lopez said. It was not clear late Wednesday whether the body found was that of Erica Perez, Lopez said, however the basic description of the body was consistent with the missing woman’s description.
Police released no information regarding how the woman may have died, or how long ago. The Perez family remained unaccounted for.
“The biggest concern we have is for the children,” Lopez said.
The captain described Daniel Perez a a “person of interest” in the investigation.
Family members told police the parents’ marriage was “unstable” and that the couple had a history of domestic violence, police officials said in a written statement,
Police continued seeking the family Wednesday night, Lopez said. Their investigation included a review of vehicles that have recently crossed the Southern border into Mexico, in case the family had left the country.
Police sought a second car registered to the family, which Lopez described as a black 2014 Toyota Camry with California license plate No. 7FDS891.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Montebello police at 323-887-1313.
PHOTOS of Perez family courtesy of the Montebello Police Department.
PASADENA >> Pasadena police Thursday found a 74-year-old woman with dementia who went missing Thursday in Pasadena.
The woman had been last seen about 4:10 p.m. at Pier 1 Imports, 422 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena police officials said in a written statement. She suffers from dementia.
Officials located the woman, safe and sound, shortly after 8 p.m., police said.
YOLO COUNTY >> Authorities scaled back their search for a missing Alhambra man and former Harlem Globetrotter who vanished earlier this month while driving to Washington State, Yolo County sheriff’s officials said.
The search for Rick Omarr Harris, 37, began Oct. 14 after deputies noticed his Nissan sedan had been sitting for two days along State Route 16, near Rumsey, in a wilderness park in Yolo County, Yolo County sheriff’s Lt. Lance Faille said.
An investigation determined he was en route to Seattle, where he had recently moved with hid girlfriend from Alhambra, officials said. He had stopped in Alhambra Oct. 9 to pick up some belongings before heading back to Washington about 1 a.m. Oct. 10.
Harris called his mother about 9:30 a.m. Oct. 10 and said he was tired and planning on pulling over to rest, Alhambra police Sgt. Jerry Johnson said. He have no sign of distress.
Officials scoured the area by foot, ATV and aircraft, Yolo County sheriff’s Capt. Larry Cecchettini said. Officials also called upon the public to keep an eye out for Harris.
After a full week of searching the area surrounding where Harris car was found, “The search has failed to locate Harris or provide evidence other than his vehicle and a few personal effect,” the captain said.
The physical search was scaled back Wednesday, though extra patrols were to continue in the area with both marked and unmarked patrol cars, sheriff’s officials said.
“We will not comment on the onoing investigation other than to say that no foul play is suspected,” Cecchettini said.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office at 530-668-5280.
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WHITTIER >> Police found a missing 15-year-old Whittier teen safe in Claremont Friday, officials said.
The boy was reported missing by worried family members Oct. 9 after he failed to show up at school after leaving his Uptown Whittier home, according to police and family members.
Detectives located the teen in Claremont, Whittier police officials said in a written statement.
“(The boy) said he got to Claremont using a bus and was staying with some people he met,” according to the statement. “He said he left because he didn’t want to stay at home anymore. He is in good condition.”
The teen and his family were reunited.
MONROVIA >> Rescuers found a 15-year-old autistic boy more than six hours after he became separated from his group while hiking in the forest north of Monrovia Saturday, authorities said.
The Placentia teen was hiking with a church group comprised of special needs teens shortly before noon north of Monrovia Canyon Park when he became lost, Monrovia police Lt. Nells Ortlund said.
He went ahead of the group and became separated from his fellow hikers near the trail head of the Twin Springs Trail, north of the Trask Scout Camp, police said.
His group first searched for him themselves before they made their way out of the wilderness and were able to call for help about 3:20 p.m., the lieutenant said.
The boy had some food and water with him, but he is not familiar with the area and was not dressed for cold weather, officials said. The concern continued to grow as nightfall approached.
But officials found the boy shortly after 6:30 p.m. about two miles away from where he had been separated from the group, Lt. Nick Manfredi said. He was unharmed.
Monrovia police were joined in their search by the Monrovia Fire Department, the Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team, and helicopters from the Pasadena Police Department and Los Angeles County Fire Department, Ortlund said.
ALTADENA >> Detectives investigated a burning SUV found on a dirt road in Altadena early Saturday that had been rented by an Agoura Hills man reported missing earlier in the day, authorities said.
Officials found the Ford Explorer on fire about 8 a.m. on a dirt road near the end of Fair Oaks Avenue, at the northern edge of Altadena, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Alan Chu said.
“La County fire extinguished the fire. Our arson investigators responded. The cause of the fire is undetermined,” Sgt. Brian Mann said.
Officials soon learned the SUV had been rented a man who had been reported missing to the sheriff’s Malibu-Lost Hills Station by a family member, Lt. John Lecrivaim said. The man was reported missing earlier Saturday morning, prior to the discovery of the burning SUV.
The SUV had been rented by 34-year-old Stephen Perryman, Lt. Tracy Stewart said.
Investigators searched the charred SUV and the nearby area for clues Saturday afternoon.
About 20 officials, including a Altadena Search and Rescue Team members aided by a helicopter, conducted an “exhaustive” search but found no signs of the missing person, Mann said.
Like all missing persons investigations, the case was turned over to the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau, Missing Persons Unit.
A family member confirmed reporting Perryman missing Saturday morning, and said that the family was “absolutely frantic” with worry.
Perryman’s father, Timothy Perryman, went missing under similar circumstances just over 10 years ago.
Timothy Perryman, then-53, disappeared in late March of 2004, according to a statement issued by the North American Missing Persons Network.
The family did not wish to comment on Timothy Perryman’s disappearance Saturday.
The elder Perryman was believed to have gone hiking in the Santa Monica mountains, according to reports published in The Acorn at the time.
No signs of Timothy Perryman have turned up since.
“He was last seen by neighbors walking south on Daylight Drive, away from the Garden Oaks (Court),” according to NAMPN statement. “Before he walked away, he apparently took his driver’s license with him but removed other items from his wallet. He left on his desk six dollar bills, some coins, credit cards, his Social Security card and family photos.”
Timothy Perryman’s disappearance is also under investigation by the Sheriff’s Missing Persons Unit.
Anyone with information can reach the Missing Persons Unit at 323-890-5500.
COVINA >> A missing, possibly suicidal Covina man being sought by police and worried family members was found safe Saturday afternoon, officials said.
The 50-year-old man disappeared about 6 p.m. Friday after he was seen walking in the 700 block of North Fenimore Avenue, Covina police Sgt. Rob Bobkiewicz said.
Friends and family members contacted police after the man failed to show up for a meeting Saturday morning, the sergeant said.
The man’s car was found parked in his driveway, Bobkiewicz said. And inside his home, a family member found what appeared to a suicide note spelling out his last wishes.
The man returned home Saturday afternoon, unharmed, as detectives were there conducting an investigation.
SAN GABRIEL >> Police found a 79-year-old woman who went missing Thursday from her San Gabriel home, along with her pet poodle.
Police asked the public’s help Thursday afternoon in finding the woman, who disappeared Thursday morning from her home in the 900 block of South Palm Avenue, San Gabriel police officials said in a written statement.
“At approximately 11:00 a.m., (the woman’s) husband woke up and discovered she was not at the residence,” according to the police statement. Her poodle, cane and oxygen tank were also missing, leading her husband to believe she had gone for a walk.
“However, she did not return as expected and she is unfamiliar with the area,” the police statement said.
The woman was found about two hours later, safe and sound, at a local church, Sgt. Riki Nakamura said.
She had become lost while walking the dog and ultimately went to the church, where the waited for authorities, he said.
LA CRESCENTA >> More than three months after a Sunland woman mysteriously disappeared in La Crescenta, worried family members are offering a $5,000 reward for information that helps find her.
Kimberly Blum, 45, was last seen June 5 after visiting her sister’s home in the 2000 block of Cinco Casitas Lane in La Crescenta, according to family members and Los Angeles Police Department officials.
She left her sister’s home after a brief visit and has not been scene since, officials said. Her SUV is also missing.
A cosmetics bag belonging to Blum and containing empty prescription bottles with her name was found along Angeles Crest Highway, about 21 miles north of the 210 Freeway, but no further signs of the missing woman have turned up, officials and family members said.
Sheriff’s officials have twice scoured the Angeles National Forest near La Crescenta, and family members have also hired a private helicopter to look for Blum, her mother, Rosalie Blum, said.
The mother added that she didn’t believe Blum was missing voluntarily, adding that she had suddenly disappeared after making appointments with clients of her personal organizing business and left behind her beloved dog, “Sadie.”
After more than three months without answers, family members announced a $5,000 reward for information that helps track Kimberly Blum down.
She’s described as white, about 5 feet 2 inches tall and 140 pounds. She was last seen wearing a black tank top. She was driving her silver, 2004 Honda CRV with California license plate number 5JVU774.
Finding the SUV may be the key to finding Kimberly Blum, Detective Cletus Carlton of the LAPD’s Adult Missing Persons Unit said.
Anyone with information was asked to contact LAPD Detective Carlton at 213-996-1805, or the LAPD’s Missing Persons Unit at 213-996-1800. Inquiries may be emailed to email@example.com.
PHOTO of Kimberly Blum courtesy of the Blum family.
TEMPLE CITY >> Officials sought the public’s help Thursday in finding a 71-year-old Temple City man who suffers from dementia and went missing from his home Wednesday.
Sarwat Zaki Gad was last seen at his home in the 5300 block of El Monte Avenue about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
“Mr. Gad suffers from dementia and becomes easily confused,” the statement said.
He left his home in a silver, 2003 Toyota 4Runner with a California vanity license plate reading “AMARG,” officials said. He was last seen wearing a blue and green shirt and blue pants.
“His family is very concerned and is asking for the public’s assistance,” according to the sheriff’s department statement.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau’s Missing Person Unit at 323-890-5500. Tips may also be submitted anonymously though L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers by calling 800-222-8477.
PHOTO of Sarwat Gad courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.