UPDATED: 72-year-old woman with dementia goes missing in Pasadena; found safe in Altadena

PASADENA >> Police, aided by a good Samaritan, found a 72-year-old woman with dementia who went missing in Pasadena late Wednesday safe in Altadena, authorities said.
Darlene Ann Tave was last seen about 7:30 p.m. in the 1100 block of Wotkyns Drive, Pasadena police officials said in a written statement.
She requires medication for dementia, police added.
A good Samartian spotted Tave Wednesday night and notified authorities, who reunited her with her family, police said.

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UPDATED: Missing Montebello senior turns up safe in Japan

MONTEBELLO >> A 73-year-old man with dementia who was reported missing by concerned neighbors earlier this week was found safe Friday in Japan, police said.
Jiro Kamai was last seen Monday at his home in the area of Sycamore Street and Bluff Road, Montebello police officials said.
“He suffers from dementia,” police said in a written statement. “He doesn’t have any friends or family in the area.”
Police began searching for Kamai after neighbors reported he’d gone missing, Sgt. Julio Calleros said.
After “some digging,” investigators determined Kamai had boarded a flight to Japan Wednesday to visit an ailing relative, Calleros said. He was in the company of family members.
Though it ultimately tuned out Kamai was in no danger, Calleros thanked the concerned neighbors who notified police when they became concerned for his well-being.

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Police seek identity of elderly, disoriented man found in Arcadia

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ARCADIA >> Police asked the public’s help in determining the identity of an elderly, disoriented man found disoriented on a bus in Arcadia last week.
The man exited a Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus in Arcadia just before 4 p.m. on Friday, Arcadia police Sgt. Jason Davis said.
“The male subject pictured stated his name is Jose Rivera (and) he is 81 years old; however, a records check of that name and approximate (date of birth) could not identify him,” police said in a written statement.
“He stated he lives in Lincoln Heights or Pomona, although he could not provide an address,” the statement continued. “He was confused at the time LASD Deputies located him.”
The man had possibly been riding the bus for hours, making several full circuits along the route, Davis said. It was unclear when and where he first boarded the bus.
He appeared in good physical health, Davis said.
A check of recent missing person report yielded no results in helping identify the man, he added.
The man is 5 feet 7 inches tall and 115 pounds. He has white hair, worn shaved, and brown eyes. He has a distinct scar on his right shin, a small scar on his left thumb and a mole on the right side of his head. He primarily speaks Spanish.

PHOTO courtesy of the Arcadia Police Department

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Missing West Covina woman with dementia found safe in Norwalk

WEST COVINA >> Police found a 62-year-old woman with dementia safe in Norwalk after she went missing from her West Covina home Thursday morning.
Christine Morris was last seen about 5 a.m. at her home in the 1900 block of East Tillie Court, according to West Covina police spokesman Rudy Lopez. She was reported missing at about 7 a.m.
“Christine has dementia (and) knows her name and birthday but cannot recall her address,” Lopez said in a written statement.
Morris walks with a shuffle, “as she uses a walker which was left behind.”
Police searched the area around Morris’ home, as well as local parks, malls, transportation hubs and hospitals, to no avail, Lopez said.
Officials announced Thursday afternoon that Morris had turned up safe in Norwalk.

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Elderly woman visiting from Nepal goes missing in South Pasadena

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SOUTH PASADENA >> Police are seeking a 75-year-old woman visiting South Pasadena from Nepal who went missing Wednesday afternoon.
Ruk Bhandari was last seen about noon, walking away from her family’s home in the 1400 block of Grevalia Street, South Pasadena police officials said in a written statement.
“Ms. Bhandari is visiting from Nepal and only speaks Nepalese,” according to the statement.
She is 5 feet tall, 150 pounds, with brown eyes and gray shoulder-length hair. She was last seen wearing a skirt, with pants, and gold earrings.
Anyone with information is asked to contact South Pasadena police at 626-403-7297.

PHOTO of Ruk Bhandari courtesy of the South Pasadena Police Department.

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Police seek missing Monrovia teen

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MONROVIA >> Police are seeking a 16-year-old Monrovia girl suffering from mental illness who left home in her guardian’s car Wednesday.
Briana Ysenia Valenzeula was last seen about 9:20 p.m. Wednesday, Monrovia police officials said in a written statement.
She was believed to have her guardian’s vehicle — as a silver, four-door, 2011 Buick Regal with California license plate 6NYL096.
“Her guardian contacted the Monrovia Police Department to report her missing and informed officers of the listed details, and added Briana suffers from mental illness and takes medication,” according to the statement.
She’s Latina, 5 feet 4 inches tall, about 175 pounds, with long black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a purple sweater and black pants.
“She may become aggressive if contacted,” the statement said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Monrovia police at 626-256-8000.

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Police, family seek missing Pasadena woman

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PASADENA >> Police and worried family members are looking for a mentally and physically ill woman who went missing in Pasadena Thursday.
Elaine Dietz, 51, was last seen about 4:30 p.m. Thursday when she left the assisted living home where she lives in the 1400 block of N. Garfield Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
Dietz’s daughter, Sarah Dietz, said her mother suffers from schizophrenia and diabetes.
“We are concerned for her and as time goes on she will get less functional on her meds,” the worried daughter said.
Dietz is described as 5 feet 3 inches tall, 225 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. She has a mole beneath the left side of her nose. She was wearing a gray sweater and gray sweat pants when last seen.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Pasadena police at 626-744-4241.

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Teen goes missing in Monrovia

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MONROVIA >> Police have asked the public to keep an eye out for a runaway 14-year-old Monrovia girl who’s been missing since Thursday.
Bertha Calderon was last seen about 3:30 p.m. Thursday at her apartment complex in the 500 block of West Foothill Boulevard, Monrovia police officials said in a written statement.
The girl, originally from Pasadena, has never gone missing before, Lt. Patty Newton added.
Police described Calderon as Latina, 5 feet 1 inch tall, 100 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black short-sleeve shirt and blue jeans.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Monrovia police at 626-256-8000.

PHOTO: Courtesy, Monrovia Police Department

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Elderly, partially blind Pasadena woman found at park after week missing


PASADENA >> A partially blind 81-year-old woman with psychiatric issues who went missing for a week turned up safe at a Pasadena park early Saturday, police said.
Julie Sanchez left the Garfield Avenue assisted living facility where she lives about noon on March 4 and vanished, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said. Officials sought her for a week, to no avail.
A resident spotted Sanchez shortly before 10 a.m. Saturday after spotting her at Washington Park, 700 E. Washington Blvd., and recognizing her as the missing person, Goodman said. Police responded and confirmed the woman was Sanchez.
Though disoriented, Sanchez appeared unharmed and in good health when officers found her, but offered no explanation as to where she had been for the previous seven days, the lieutenant said.
“She couldn’t really tell us where shed’ been,” he said.

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Elderly, partially blind Pasadena woman missing for a week

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PASADENA >> Authorities continue seeking a partially blind, 81-year-old Pasadena woman suffering from bipolar disorder who’s been missing for a week.
Julie Sanchez was last seen about noon March 4 at a managed care facility in the 1400 block of North Garfield Avenue, according to Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman.
The facility is not secured, and residents are permitted to come and go as they please, Goodman said.
She left the facility on foot and has not been seen since, he said. She remained missing Sunday.
She’s described as partially blind and suffering from bipolar disorder, Goodman said.
Sanchez is Latina, 5 feet 4 inches tall, 130 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing black pants and an unknown top.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Pasadena police at 626-744-4241.

PHOTO: Courtesy, Pasadena Police Department

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