UPDATED: Missing 12-year-old Whittier girl found safe

WHITTIER >> For the second time this month, a 12-year-old Whittier girl has been found safe and sound after she went missing Tuesday, police said.
Police asked the public to keep an eye out for a 12-year-old Whittier girl who went missing from her family home about in the 9600 block of El Venado Drive about 2 p.m., Whittier police officials said in a written statement.
“(The girl) walked away from her parents’ house and has not been seen since and her family is concerned,” according to the police statement.
But she turned up Thursday at a relative’s home, safe and sound, Whittier police Lt. Aaron Ruiz said.
The girl previously went missing after running away from her home July 18 following an argument with her parents, according to Whittier police Lt. Bryan Ellis.
She was found safe the following day at a relative’s home in Montebello.

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UPDATED: Missing elderly Pasadena man found safe

PASADENA >> An elderly Pasadena man turned up safe and sound after going missing from his retirement home Saturday, police said.
The 87-year-old man was last seen about 10:30 a.m. before going missing from his home in the 500 block of E. Villa Street, Pasadena police officials said in a written statement.
Officials asked the public’s help in finding the man. But he returned home Friday afternoon.
Officials determined the man had gone for a walk in the heat and stopped in a nearby office building to cool down, Lt. John Luna said.
A good Samaritan offered him some water before giving the man a ride back to his retirement home, the lieutenant said.

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Police, worried family members seek missing Sunland woman last seen in La Crescenta

Police and worried family members are asking the public’s help in finding a Sunland woman who mysteriously vanished four weeks ago after stopping by her sister’s home in La Crescenta.
Kimberly Ann Blum, 44, was last seen the afternoon of June 5 as she left her sister’s home in the 2000 block of Cinco Casitas Lane in La Crescenta, according to family members and Los Angeles police officials.
After briefly stopping by the house, where a graduation party was planned for her niece, Blum, suddenly left, her mother Rosalie Blum said.
“She was at a family event, and left, and hasn’t been since,” the worried mother said. “I don’t know if she went to get some air, or what.”
A bag containing some of Kim Blum’s belongings, including medication, was found along Angeles Crest Highway in the Angeles National Forest, about 21 miles north of the 210 Freeway, according to police and family members.
And despite extensive searches of the area, Kim Blum’s silver, 2004 honda CRV SUV with California license plate 5JVU774, remains missing, officials said.
“We’ve exhausted all leads,” Detective Cletus Carlton of the LAPD’s Adult Missing Persons Unit. “We’ve not found her car, which is unusual.”
Finding the SUV may be the key to finding out what happened to Kim Blum, Carlton said.
Police, aided by a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department helicopter and the Montrose Search and Rescue Team have searched the area where the Kim Blum’s bag was found multiple times since her disappearance, finding no other clues into her whereabouts, Carlton said.
Family members even hired a private helicopter to conduct a search, with no success, Rosalie Blum said. “It’s really, really treacherous terrain up there,” she added.
Kim Blum’ credit cards and bank accounts have not been accessed since her disappearance, police and family members said. “And she didn’t have much cash on her, from what we know,” the mother said.
“She did have a cell phone, a smart phone, but the last ping was at a tower near her sister’s house, so we don’t know whether she turned it off. There hasn’t been anything from that,” Rosalie Blum said.
Rosalie Blum said her daughter has never gone missing before and had been busy making plans at the time of her disappearance.
A friend was scheduled to arrive in town to stay with Kim Blum June 6, Rosalie Blum said. Kim Blum had also made several appointments to meet with clients of her personal organizer business.
Rosalie Blum said she also couldn’t imagine her daughter voluntarily leaving behind her beloved dog, Sadie.
The mother said she planned to head up into the forest again Thursday to pass out fliers with pictures of Kim Blum as far north as Wrightwood.
“You always want to be hopeful,” Rosalie Blum said.
The worried mother asked those who will be recreating in the forest this Independence Day weekend to keep an eye out for Kim Blum or her SUV.
Kim Blum, a graduate of La Canada high School and the University of Redlands, is described as white, 5 feet 2 inches tall, 144 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a black tank top, and she also wears prescription glasses.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Detective Carlton at 213-996-1800.

PHOTO of Kim Blum courtesy of the Los Angeles Police Department.

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UPDATED: Dog belonging to missing Arcadia firefighter found in Los Padres National Forest


LOS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST — Search teams hunting through the Los Padres National Forest in Ventura County Sunday for missing Arcadia Firefighter Mike Herdman found and captured his dog, who vanished along with Herdman June 13 during a camping trip, authorities said.
Rescuers located Duke Sunday, however his owner remained missing, Arcadia Firefighters Association officials announced via their Twitter account.
The dog, Duke, was found about 1 p.m. near the Dough Flats portion of the forest, near the campsite from where Herdman disappeared, Ventura County sheriff’s Capt. Don Aguilar said.
“The dog was found by friends or family members who went out to Dough Flats,” Aguilar said. They managed to capture the pet, which has eluded searchers for a full week.
“It’s resting. It’s really tired,” the captain said.
The dog appeared to have lost weight while lost in the wilderness, and officials and family members were working to nurse the animal back to full health. Duke was resting in the shade Sunday afternoon.
HerdmanAguilar said the dog had travelled at least 12 miles since the animal and owner disappeared nine days prior near Dough Flats.
Duke was last spotted by searchers Thursday about six miles west of Dough Flats, before being captured back at Dough Flats early Sunday afternoon, officials said.
Duke’s condition did not immediately allow rescuers to use him as a resource to help track down Herdman.
“The dog’s not in any condition to help,” Aguilar said. “The dog is not a useful tool right now.”
But as the dog recovers from it’s ordeal, “If we think there’s an opportunity for him to help, we’ll do that,” Aguilar said.
The search has been ongoing since Herdman’s camping partner, fellow firefighter Taylor Byars, emerged from the forest disoriented June 15 and reported his friend missing, officials said.
Byars reported that Herdman had chased after his dog barefoot, wearing only shorts and a T-shirt, and has not been heard or seen since.
Officials said Byars spent a day looking for Herdman, and another day finding his own way out of the wilderness, before he was able to seek help.
More than 85 searchers continued the hunt for Herdman Sunday, Aguilar said. Since its outset, more than 375 officials and volunteers have taken part in the search, contributing more than 5,200 man-hours.
The discovery and capture of Duke came as welcome news to the searchers, Aguilar said.
“I think there’s some encouragement,” he said. “Time is not on our side, unfortunately. There’s always hope.”
“(Herdman) is highly skilled outdoorsman, so that’s why our hopes still high he’s out there,” he said.

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Massive search for missing Arcadia firefighter continues in Los Padres National Forest

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FILLMORE >> Dozens of searchers resumed their hunt in the Ventura County wilderness Saturday for missing Arcadia firefighter Mike Herdman, who disappeared after chasing after his dog while camping more than a week ago, authorities said.
The search team swelled to 86 members, who trekked through Los Padres National Forest and tried to spot the missing firefighter from the air with the aid of two helicopters and two unmanned drones, according to Ventura County Sheriff’s Sgt. Eric Buschow.
Herdman’s dog, Duke, had been spotted by rescuers Wednesday and Thursday, renewing searchers’ hope. But Buschow said there were no sightings of the dog or its owner Friday or Saturday.
“During the night they heard it (barking), but it didn’t come down to the traps,” Buschow said.
“We’re continuing the search,” Buschow said. “L.A. City Animal Services is actively trying to catch the dog.”
While there was no way of knowing if the elusive dog was keeping near its owner, “That’s the hope,” he said.
Fillmore Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Bill Herrera, who was hospitalized in intensive care Thursday after being bit by a “very large rattlesnake” while taking part in the search, continued recovering Saturday, Buschow said.
He received 52 vials of anti-venom and was doing well, the sergeant said.
“Apparently, the hospital was saying it might be a record,” Buschow said.
Three other injuries have been reported during the search, which kicked off June 15, officials said. One searcher suffered a leg injury, and two others were treated for heat exhaustion.
The massive search effort began two days after Herdman disappeared in the Sespe Wilderness, where he had been camping with fellow firefighter Taylor Byars, officials said. After searching for Herdman himself and becoming disoriented, Taylor did not emerge from the wilderness until June 15.
Herdman was described as an avid hiker, though he was barefoot and wearing only a t-shirt and shorts when he vanished while chasing after his dog.
Bare footprints believed to be several days old were found by searchers Monday and Tuesday less than a mile south of where Herdman was last seen.

PHOTO by Sarah Reingewirtz

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Police seek missing, possibly suicidal Arcadia man

Police asked the public’s help Sunday in locating a missing, possibly suicidal Arcadia man.
Blair Christopher Polk, 44, was last seen about 1:15 p.m. Saturday at his home, Arcadia police officials said in a written statement.
“Mr. Polk suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and has recently made suicidal statements,” according to the statement. He was described as white, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 155 pounds, with brown hair in a pony tail and green eyes. He has a scar or mark on his chin. He was last seen wearing dark-colored shorts, a T-shirt and sneakers.
ANyone with information was asked to contact Arcadia police at 626-574-5123. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Police: Missing APU student found safe at Azusa motel

AZUSA — A 19-year-old Azusa Pacific University freshman who’s been missing since Friday was found Wednesday evening at a motel where he had checked in, authorities said.
Christian Lee Hazel was found unharmed and in good health about 6:30 p.m. at an Azusa motel, Azusa police Sgt. Xavier Torres said. Police declined to say exactly what motel or described the circumstances of Hazel’s disappearance late Wednesday.
Hazel was taken to the home of a relative, where police interviewed him, the sergeant said.
He was believed to be missing of his own accord, and was not believed to be the victim of a crime, he added.
Hazel was supposed to move out of the dormitories at APU Friday and contact his grandfather to pick him up, said his mother, Joanne Fox.
His belongings were found in his dorm room and there were no signs of his credit card being used, his brother, Jesse Feldman said.
His cell phone was found plugged into an outlet in his room, his mother added.
Family members became worried about Hazel, who does not drunk or smoke, and was described as a shy, devout Christian. He had never disappeared unexpectedly before.

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Officials seek missing Hacienda Heights man with Alzheimer’s disease


HACIENDA HEIGHTS >> Authorities and family members reached out to the public Wednesday to help track down a missing 66-year-old Hacienda Heights man who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.
Victor Rubio was last seen Tuesday driving away from his home in the 1700 block of Park Lawn Road, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement. He was driving a gold, 2003 Honda Odyssey minivan with a California license plate number of 5DFY507.
“He suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and has not made contact with his family,” according to the sheriff’s department statement. “The family is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Mr. Rubio.”
He was described as Latino, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 210 pounds, with gray hair and brown eyes. He has a 4-inch vertical between his neck and shoulder blades, as well as a 12-inch horizontal scar on his stomach.
Anyone with information was asked to contact detectives Velasquez or Abraham of the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau Missing Persons Detail at 323- 890-5500. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Crim Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Man with dementia goes missing in North San Gabriel


NORTH SAN GABRIEL — Officials and worried family members sought the public’s help Thursday in finding a missing 61-year-old man with dementia.
Harold Rakowiecki was last seen walking in the 6800 block of Oak Avenue in an unincorporated county area north of San Gabriel about 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sgt. Ann Devane of the sheriff’s Temple Station said in a written statement.
Rakowiecki is white, 6 feet 1 inch tall, 160 pounds, with gray hair, blue eyes and a mustache. He was last seen wearing a beige shirt and blue shorts.
“Mr. Rakowiecki’s family is concerned because he suffers from dementia,” Devane said. “If you think you have seen or know of Mr. Rakowiecki’s whereabouts, please contact Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau Missing Persons Unit Detective Abraham at 323-890-5500.”

PHOTO courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

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Officials seek missing Pico Rivera teen


PICO RIVERA — Authorities asked the public’s help Wednesday in tracking down a missing 17-year-old boy who ran away two weeks ago.
Tyler James Wilson of Pico Rivera was last seen about 7:30 a.m. Nov. 27 at the Northgate Market, 9101 Telegraph Road in Pico Rivera, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement. He has a medical condition for which he requires medication.
He was with his mother at the market when he ran away, officials said.
“Missing person Wilson became upset and walked away from the location, southbound and out of view,” according to the statement. “He has not been seen or heard from since that time.”
While Wilson has run away in the past, he has never gone missing for this length of time, authorities added.
He’s described as white, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 170 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He has a scar on his left arm, and was last seen wearing black jeans, a light blue T-shirt with a “Texas” logo in American flag style and black converse shoes.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station at 562-949-2421.

PHOTO of Tyler James Wilson courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

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