Sunland woman still missing a year after vanishing in La Crescenta

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*Surveillance video show the missing woman arriving at and leaving her sister’s home in La Crescenta before disappearing on June 5, 2015. (Courtesy)
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Friday marks one year since a Sunland woman mysteriously disappeared after leaving a family gathering in La Crescenta, and family members have renewed a $5,000 reward for information leading to her as they continue seeking answers and maintaining hope that she’ll be found safe.
Kimberly Blum, 45, vanished June 5, 2014, after leaving a graduation party for her niece at her sister’s home in the 200 block of Cinco Casitas Lane, according to Los Angeles police officials and family members.
Compounding the pain of missing her daughter is the mystery surrounding what happened to her, said her mother, Rosalie Blum.
“It’s the mystery of it, too,” she said. “It’s really hard to describe. You’re sad, but you don’t know what you’re sad for.”
Kim Blum’s car was never found, and her bank accounts and credit cards have not been used since her disappearance, Detective Cletus Carlton of the LAPD’s Adult Missing Persons Unit said.
“It’s like she just disappeared completely,” the detective said.
The only physical trace left behind was a small bag containing medication and other personal items belonging to Kim Blum found along the side of Angeles Crest Highway, 21 miles north of the 210 Freeway, in the early days of the search.
Nothing has been seen or heard of her since, Carlton said. “We have no new leads.”.
Blum had a cell phone with her when she disappeared, but it was last detected near her sister’s home, Rosalie Blum said.
Carlton said police were working with search and rescue officials and volunteers to organize another search of the area of the Angeles National Forest where Kim Blum’s belonging’s were discovered. Plans for the upcoming search were yet to be finalized, but the family hoped to organize the effort to seek clues around the time of Blum’s 46th birthday on June 30.
Rosalie Blum said after all this time without any sign of her daughter, she wondered if Kim Blum may have disappeared somewhere other than the forest.
“We do know that she had a full tank of gas,” she said.
“They’ve been up there twice with search helicopters. Friends even hired a helicopter and went up to look,” Rosalie Blum said.
“That whole summer, we were up there putting up fliers and posters, and just everything everybody could think of,” she said.
And with a year of hikers and campers traversing the forest, the mother said she found it odd that no additional signs of Kim Blum have turned up.
Family members remained baffled, Rosalie Blum said. “It’s a total, total, disappearance. Even her car,” the mother said.
There was no indication that Kim Blum wanted to be missing, according to her family and police.
She was expecting a friend to visit the following day, and had been making appointments at her personal organizer business, her mother said. And she left behind a beloved pet dog.
Kim Blum, who graduated La Canada high School and the University of Redlands, is white, 5 feet 2 inches tall, 144 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. She also wears prescription glasses She was last seen wearing a black tank top, and
Her missing vehicle is a 2004 Honda CRV SUV with California license plate 5JVU774.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Carlton at 213-996-1800. The family has set up a website dedicated to the search for Kim Blum at www.findkim.com.

PHOTO of Kimberly Blum. (Courtesy)

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Officials seek missing Pasadena man who suffers from medical problems

0601_NWS_PSN-L-ARCMISSINGPASADENA >> Police sought the public’s help in finding a missing man suffering from schizophrenia and other medical problems who was last seen more than a year ago.
Mark Allan Jorgensen was reported missing to Arcadia police by his mother after she went to his Pasadena home Friday but did not find Jorgensen or his car, Arcadia police Sgt. Dan Crowther said in a written statement. He had last been seen by his mother in April of 2014.
“Jorgensen is reported to suffer from schizophrenia, hepatitis C, anemia, cirrhosis of the liver and is reportedly a drug user,” according to the statement.
Jorgensen is white, 57 years old, 5 feet 11 inches tall, 230 pounds, with blonde hair and hazel eyes, police said.
Also missing was his car, a blue, four-door, 2000 Toyota Camry with a California license plate of 4LLJ191.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Arcadia police at 626-574-5123.

PHOTO courtesy of the Arcadia Police Department

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Schizophrenic El Monte man, 71, missing since Saturday

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EL MONTE >> Police reached out to the public for help Wednesday in tracking down a 71-year-old old El Monte man suffering from schizophrenia and a mild intellectual disability who went missing Saturday.
Francisco De Guevara Ladron was last seen about 8 a.m. Saturday leaving his home in the Sunnyside Guest Home, 4457 Maxson Road, El Monte police Sgt. Richard Luna said in a written statement. He told staff he was heading to a store, possibly a 7-Eleven at 12170 Ramona Blvd., Luna said.
When staff members noticed Ladron had not returned, they went looking for him without success, Luna said. El Monte police were also unable to find Ladron after searching the area.
“Ladron has no immediate family and there are no other known areas where he frequents,” Luna said. “Ladron does require daily medication.”
Ladron was described as Latino, with gray hair and brown eyes. He’s 5 feet 6 inches tall, 145 pounds and is missing all of his teeth. He speaks only Spanish and talks in an “animated” fashion, police said. He walks slowly and with poor posture.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the El Monte Police Department or their local law enforcement agency immediately.

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Medical service dog goes missing in Montebello


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MONTEBELLO >> Police asked the public to keep an eye out for a Montebello family’s service dog, which went missing last week.
Pipistrello, a 2-year-old Australian terrier called “Pip” for short, was last seen Tuesday in the 300 block of North Greenwood Avenue, near Harding Avenue, Montebello police Lt. Rich Meadows said.
More than a pet, Pip is a service dog who aids her owner, who suffers from a medical condition, Meadows said.
Upon hearing of the lost service dog, Montebello police decided to help the family spread the word in hopes that someone will find and turn in Pip, the lieutenant said.
Pip is reddish-blond and was wearing a pink collar and a dog tag attached to the collar with a pink, heart-shaped clip, officials said.
Anyone who spots the dog is asked to contact Montebello police at 323-887-1313.

PHOTO courtesy of the Montebello Police Department

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UPDATED: Elderly man who went missing in Monterey Park found safe

MONTEREY PARK >> Police sought a 79-year-old Chinese-speaking man with dementia who went missing in Monterey Park Thursday, before he was found safe later in the day, officials said.
Chaowu Li was last seen about 7:30 a.m. Thursday in the 800 block of East Emerson Avenue, Monterey Park police officials said in a written statement.
He was found safe Thursday afternoon, police said.

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UPDATED: Missing 13-year-old Arcadia boy found safe in Temple City

ARCADIA >> Detectives seeking a missing 13-year-old Arcadia boy who disappeared after school Friday afternoon found him safe Saturday in Temple City, authorities said.
The grandmother of the boy dropped him off about 8 a.m. at Dana Middle School, 1401 S. First Avenue, Arcadia police Sgt. James Trabbie said.
“We have a record of him attending school,” the sergeant said. But he was not seen after.
“Just before midnight, the reporting party notified the Arcadia Police Department that his son had not returned home from school and has not been heard from,” Trabbie said. He did not have a cell phone or any money with him.
Detectives found the boy about 11:30 a.m. at the home of a friend in Temple City, Trabbie said. Police brought him back to the Arcadia Police Department to reunite him with his parents.
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UPDATED: Missing 11-year-old Pasadena girl found safe

PASADENA >> An 11-year-old girl reported missing Thursday afternoon returned home safe hours later, police said.
The girl was reported missing after she vanished about 6 p.m., Pasadena police officials said in a written statement. She had last been seen walking in the 800 block North El Molino Avenue.
After reaching out to the public for help in finding the girl, she returned home unharmed Thursday evening, police said.

 

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UPDATED: Mentally ill Glendora man who went missing in West Covina found safe in Norwalk

WEST COVINA >> A mentally ill Glendora man who went missing in West Covina Tuesday turned up safe in Norwalk early Friday, officials said.
The 57-year-old man walked away from Doctor’s Hospital of West Covina Tuesday after exiting the facility for a cigarette, according to West Covina police officials and the man’s sister.
Isidoro “Izzy” Limon, 57, was found safe in Norwalk Friday morning and was being returned to the facility where he lives in Glendora, West Covina police Lt. Dave Lee said.

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UPDATED: Missing 82-year-old Azusa woman returns home unharmed

AZUSA >> An 82-year-old Azusa woman who went missing Thursday morning returned home Thursday night, authorities said.
Worried family members reported the woman missing about 10:30 a.m. after she walked away from her home in the 800 block of East Foothill Boulevard. She suffers from medical problems and requires medication, according to Azusa police Sgt. Andy Sutcliffe.
But police announced the missing woman returned home Thursday night.
“She was unharmed, healthy and in good spirits,” Azusa police reported on their Twitter account.

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UPDATED: Elderly man with dementia found in Compton after going missing in Pasadena

PASADENA >> An elderly man with dementia who went missing in Pasadena Saturday afternoon turned up safe in Compton Saturday evening, police said.
Police asked the public to keep an eye out for a 87-year-old Washington Kinnebrew after he wandered away from the Eisenhower Nursing & Convalescent Hospital, 1740 N. Fair Oaks Ave., about noon, Pasadena police officials said in a written statement. He suffers from dementia and requires medication.
Kinnebrew was found safe in Compton early Saturday evening, and was en route back to Pasadena, police said.

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