Officials, family seek missing Monterey Park teen

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MONTEREY PARK >> Authorities and worried family members are seeking the public’s help in finding 15-year-old Monterey Park girl believed to have run away from home earlier this week.
Leilani Daisy Young, who is known to frequent the Alhambra and Monterey Park areas, was reported as a runaway to Monterey Park police on Monday, Alhambra police officials said in a written statement.
“She was possibly seen recently at both Alhambra and Mark Keppel High Schools,” police said.
Young is described as 5 feet tall, 115 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.
She was last seen wearing light blue jeans, a powder blue hooded sweatshirt with a Star Wars logo, a light green windbreaker and White Nike Air Jordan shoes with red and black highlights, according to cousin Eileen Young.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Monterey Park police at 626-573-1311.

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Torrance man killed in suspect mountain biking accident in forest north of Altadena


ALTADENA >> A 49-year-old Torrance man reported missing while mountain biking in the Angeles National Forest north of Altadena was found dead from an apparent fall Saturday following a 13-hour search, authorities said.
The man’s name was not released Sunday pending notification of his family, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner officials said.
Search and rescue teams searching for the missing man found about 10:30 a.m. Saturday along the Brown Mountain Truck Trail, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Kim Shelton said.
The body was discovered a short distance from the man’s bicycle, and showed signs of trauma consistent with taking a fall from his bike, she said. No crime was initially suspected.
Sheriff’s officials received notification from Torrance police about 9 p.m. Friday that the cell phone of a missing Torrance man had been traces to a popular hiking trailhead north of Altadena, sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
The missing man’s SUV was found in the parking lot of the Millard Canyon Campground, Shelton said.
Officials from the Altadena, Montrose, Sierra Madre, San Dimas, Santa Clarita and Malibu search-and-rescue teams joined in the search, along with Sheriff’s Department helicopters, according to the statement. Additional resources from the California Air National Guard were requested, however the search concluded before they joined the search.
Investigators determined the missing man had started out for a mountain bike ride Friday morning.
Although the missing person was an experienced mountain biker, he was reported to have limited supplies with him, a storm was predicted to come in and there is over 30 miles of trail to search,” according to the sheriff’s department statement.
Searchers handed out fliers with pictures of the missing man and his bicycle, Shelton said.
A hiker told authorities about 10 a.m. that he had seen the bicycle pictured on the flier in a remote area about three miles up the trail, officials said.
Officials quickly located the bike.
“After further searching, a body of a male was discovered,” according to the statement. “Sheriff’s Air Rescue 5 lowered a paramedic and the person was pronounced deceased at approximately 10:30 a.m.”
The investigation is ongoing.

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UPDATED: Hacienda Heights woman goes missing in Monterey Park found safe in Rosemead

MONTEREY PARK >> A 68-year-old Hacienda Heights woman with Alzheimer’s disease and other medical problem who vanished from a Monterey Park restaurant Wednesday afternoon was reunited with her worried family Wednesday evening, officials said.
Su Zhen Liao was dining with family about 4 p.m. at the Ocean Star dim sum restaurant, 145 N. Atlantic Blvd., when she went to use the restroom, Monterey Park police Lt. Eric Kim said. She failed to return, and worried family members soon reported her missing.
“(Liao) suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and takes various medications for various medical conditions,” police said in a written statement.
A family member spotted Liao walking along San Gabriel Boulevard near the 60 Freeway in the Rosemead area, Kim said. She was unharmed.

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Azusa police seek missing 16-year-old boy

0117_NWS_SGT-L-AZMISSINGAZUSA >> Police asked the public’s help Saturday in finding a 16-year-old boy who went missing from an Azusa group home.
Roman Anthony Lambert was last seen about 8:55 a.m. Saturday at a group home in the 900 block of East Nearfield Street, according to Azusa police Sgt. Rick Hayden said. He requires daily medication.
Police described Lambert at white, 6 feet tall, 150 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a green Celtics hat, a black or gray sweater and blue jeans, Sgt. Xavier Torres said.
Lambert is known to frequent Orange County.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Azusa police at 626-812-3200, or a local law enforcement agency.

PHOTO of Roman Lambert courtesy of the Azusa Police Department

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UPDATED: Missing mentally, physically disabled Monterey Park man found safe

MONTEREY PARK >> Police found a mentally and physically disabled 40-year-old man who went missing from his Monterey Park home for most of the day Sunday.
Guangwei Liu vanished about midnight at his home in the 300 block of E. Newmark Avenue, Monterey Park police officials said in a written statement.
When his family awoke in the morning, the front door of the home was open and Liu was gone, Lt. Tina Montoya said.
“Mr. Liu has the mental capacity of a 6-year-old and he walks slowly due to a prior hip injury,” according to the police statement. “He has been in this country for only a few months.”
A recent immigrant from China, Lieu speaks Mandarin, Montoya said. He does not speak English.
He has no associates, places that he frequents or the knowledge as to how to get back to his residence, Montoya added.
“Guangwei does not have any identification, cash or a cell phone on him,” he said. “Guangwei could not provide his home address or if asked as he does not know that information.”
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department sent bloodhounds to assist Monterey Park police in the search, Montoya said.
The dogs tracked the missing man’s scent tot he area of Huntington and Garcelona avenues, a little under a mile away, police said.
Police went door-to-door in the neighborhood seeking clues, but did not find Liu.
But Liu turned up about 5:15 p.m., when an employee of the Quang Hoa Supermarket, 350 E. Garvey Ave., called police to report that a man had been sitting at the market since the early morning, Montoya said.
He was unharmed and reunited with his family, she said.

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Elderly Norwalk man disappears after heading to store

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NORWALK >> Officials and worried family members asked the public’s help Sunday in finding an 87-year-old Norwalk man who went missing after leaving home for a trip to the store.
Joe Arteaga was last seen about 12:10 p.m. Saturday, driving away from his home en route to Walmart at Imperial Highway and Pioneer Boulevard, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement. He has not been seen or heard from since.
Arteaga is Latino, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 135 pounds, with balding gray hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a red USC jacket, blue jeans, eyeglasses and a United States Marine Corps baseball cap.
He was driving a black 1999 Jeep Cherokee with a California license plate number of 4EUY630.
Sheriff’s deputies issued a Silver Alert. Arteaga has not been known to go missing in the past, officials added.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s Missing Persons Unit at 323-890-5500. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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UPDATED: Elderly woman who went missing in San Gabriel turns up with head injury in Monterey Park

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SAN GABRIEL >> A an elderly woman with dementia who wandered away from a San Gabriel medical facility Wednesday turned up in Monterey Park with a serious head injury early Thursday morning, officials said.
Carol Abe Garfield, 79, disappeared about 2:15 p.m. Wednesday from the San Gabriel Valley Medical Center’s Geriatric Behavioral Medical Center, 438 W. Las Tunas Drive, San Gabriel police officials said in a written statement.
“Garfield was able to walk out of the secured facility and leave the hospital,” according to the police statement.
Garfield, a Studio City resident who is unfamiliar with the San Gabriel Valley, was last seen walking south on Santa Anita Avenue toward Broadway.
She turned up about 3 a.m. Thursday at Garfield Medical Center in Monterey Park, suffering from a “relatively severe,” head injury, San Gabriel police Lt. Fabian Valdez said. Further details regarding how and where Garfield was injured or how she was transported to the Monterey Park hospital were not available.
Garfield was transferred to a Los Angeles hospital for further treatment, Valdez said. An update on her condition was unavailable.

PHOTO courtesy of the San Gabriel Police Department.

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Pasadena police seek missing developmentally disabled senior

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PASADENA >> Police issued a Silver Alert Thursday as they sought a developmentally disabled 66-year-old man went missing in Pasadena.
Albert Rojas was believed to have wandered off about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday from the assisted living home where he lives in the 1600 block of N. Robles Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
Rojas has a mental capacity similar to that of a 13-year-old child, the lieutenant said.
He is familiar with the area, police added.
Rojas is 5 feet tall, 145 pounds, with black hair and black eyes, Goodman said. He was last seen wearing a beige jacket, beige pants.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Pasadena police at 626-744-4241.

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Montebello police seeking missing woman

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MONTEBELLO >> Police asked the public’s help Friday in finding a woman with psychiatric problems who’s been missing since last weekend.
Melissa Lyne Rodarte, 25, left her home in Montebello about 8 a.m. Nov. 14 to go for a jog, Montebello police officials said in a written statement.
She sent her father a text message in the afternoon, from an unknown phone, stating that she was at a friend’s house in Bell Gardens, police said. She texted her father later that night, and again Sunday morning, telling him her friend’s car was still not working. She hasn’t been heard from since.
“It’s not unusual for Melissa to leave home and return days later. However, she always texts her father to let him know where she is,” according to the police statement. “Melissa has been diagnosed with (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and psychosis. She hasn’t taken her medication for over a month.”
Rodarte was last seen wearing gray shorts and dark-colored top. She is Latina, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 160 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Montebello police at 323-887-1313.

PHOTO of Melissa Lyne Rodarte courtesy of the Montebello Police Department.

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Montebello police seek missing, at-risk girl

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MONTEBELLO >> Police asked the public’s help in finding a distraught, at-risk teenager who disappeared after school Wednesday.
Desly Flores, 16, was last seen about 2:45 p.m. as she walked away from the Community Day School, 478 Bradshawe Street, Montebello police officials said in a written statement.
Flores was described as “upset and crying,” police said.
She is diagnosed with depression and anxiety, but refuses to take her prescribed medication,” according to the police statement. “Desly is also diabetic and takes medication twice a day. Desly also has a history of self-harming behaviors and is a habitual runaway.”
She is described as Latina, 5 feet 4 inches tall, 135 pounds, with green hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Montebello police at 323-887-1313.

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