PASADENA — A Pasadena woman who was reported missing by her husband was found dead Saturday inside her car, which had crashed near the Rose Bowl, officials said.
Gretchen Leonard, 76, was driving her 2007 Lexus and following her husband, who was driving ahead of her, as they headed home to west Pasadena from a friend’s house in San Marino, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
As the couple was making their way through the east end of Pasadena, “he turned right, she turned left,” Clawson said.
The woman was not seen again Saturday, prompting her husband to report her missing, officials said.
Police issued a Silver Alert and asked the community to keep an eye our for Leonard beginning in the early morning hours Saturday.
The search continued when a passer-by noticed the woman’s Lexus resting against a tree at the base of an embankment in the 300 block of Mandord Way, just west of Glen Oaks Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. Vasken Gourdikian said. The crash scene was only several blocks from Leonard’s home.
The car was not visible from the roadway, Clawson added.
“She was found deceased in the vehicle,” Gourdikian said.
It was not clear Saturday whether she died as a result of the crash, or from another cause, such as a medical condition. That determination would be made by investigators from the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner.
It was not known whether Leonard had a history of dementia, though she had vanished in a similar episode in 2012.
“Almost a year ago to-date, in August of 2012, under similar circumstances, she was found disoriented in Tarzana,” Gourdikian said.
In a written statement, authorities expressed gratitude toward those who showed concern for Leonard as the search continued.
“The Pasadena Police Department wishes to thank the concerned members of the community who either phoned or emailed in response to the initial (missing) alert,” the statement said.
PHOTO of Gretchen Leonard courtesy of the Pasadena Police Department.
SOUTH EL MONTE — Authorities and concerned family members are asking the public’s help in tracking down two 16-year-old girls believed to have run away from home more than a week ago.
Cynthia Gaytan and Dacia Ramos were last seen June 12 at South El Monte High School, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Loy McBride said.
The girls were believed to have run away of their own accord, and foul play was not suspected, McBride said. At least one sighting of the girls has been reported at a Long Beach restaurant where Gaytan and Ramos were eating, and they did not appear to be an any distrss.
Nonetheless, after more than a week passed since the girls vanished, family members are growing increasingly concerned and asked anyone who spots the girls to contact deputies immediately.
The girls’ online communications indicated they planned to first go to Long Beach to work and save up some money before heading to Northern California to meet someone they’d met over the Internet.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the sheriff’s Temple Station at 626-285-7171.
PASADENA — Police are asking the public to keep an eye out for a 73-year-old man suffering from dementia who went missing from a care facility.
Manuel Rojas walked away from a care facility about 10 p.m. and was last seen in the 1800 block of North Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Vasken Gourdikian said in a written statement.
Rojas suffers from dementia but is able to communicate, according to the lieutenant.
“His destination is not known and he does not have family that lives in the area,” he added.
Police described Rojas as 5 feet 7 inches tall, 190 pounds, with gray hair. He was last seen wearing a red jacket, dark pants and white shoes.
“Should you see anyone resembling or matching his description, please notify the Pasadena Police Department by calling 9-1-1 or 626-744-4241,” Gourdikian said.
PHOTO of Manuel Rojas courtesy of the Pasadena Police Department
MONROVIA — Officials Wednesday located 10-year-old boy who had gone missing the previous day from a relative’s Monrovia home.
The boy was last seen about 6 p.m. Tuesday at a relative’s home in the 200 block of West Walnut Avenue, Monrovia police officials said in a written statement.
“He had run away several times before and had run away from his family the day before in Pasadena,” according to the statement.
After seeking the public’s assistance, sheriff’s deputies found the missing boy Wednesday in Rosemead.
“He was transferred to the custody of the (Los Angeles County) Department of Children and Family Services, where he was then reunited with family members,” according to a police statement.
“(The boy) is determined to be a frequent runaway and efforts are being made to provide appropriate custodial care,” the statement continued. “No foul play or neglect by a guardian is suspected.”
DIAMOND BAR — Officials and worried family members are asking the public’s help in locating a Diamond Bar man whose been missing since missing for more than a week.
Yong Soo Chung, 48, was last seen April 24 when he left his home in the 20000 block of Lake Canyon Drive, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
“He left in his vehicle and has not been heard from since,” sheriff’s officials said in a written statement. “His family is very concerned and is also asking for the public’s assistance.”
Chung is described as Asian, 5 feet 5 inches tall, 195 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. His car is a gray 2008 Toyota Camry with a California license plate number of 6BRU267.
Anyone with information was encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau’s Missing Persons Unit at 323-890-5500.
SOUTH PASADENA — Police and worried family members Friday continued seeking an 82-year-old man suffering from dementia who’s been missing for more than a week.
Abenicio Chavez was last seen about 7:30 a.m. April 26 at the South Pasadena Convalescent Hospital, 904 Mission Street, where he had been staying, South Pasadena police Detective Richard Lee said. He was believed to have wandered off of his own free will.
But he has not been seen or heard from since, the detective said.
Chavez was described as being in the early stages of dementia, officials said.
He has family members in Los Angleles, who have grown increasingly worried with each passing day without word from Chavez, Lee said.
The missing man does not own a car and does not drive, police said. No possible destination was known.
Officers have checked with area hospitals, as well as locations connected with the man, such as a motel he has stayed at in the past, Lee said. The investigators circulated fliers and asked residents if they have seen Chavez to no avail.
Chavez was not wearing a medical alert bracelet, police said. It was unclear if had any identification with him.
He’s described as Latino, 4 feet 11 inches tall, 100 pounds, bald, with brown eyes. A description of the clothing he was last seen wearing was not available.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the South Pasadena Police Department at (626) 403-7297.
AZUSA — A 76-year-old Azusa woman with Alzheimer’s who went missing after going for a walk Friday afternoon was found disoriented but safe in Duarte Friday night, authorities said.
Carolyn Davis didn’t return home after leaving for her daily walk to Northside Park about 2 p.m., according to Azusa police Sgt. Randy Schmidt.
Police released a photo of Davis and sought the public’s help in locating her.
Deputies from the sheriff’s Temple Station found her after responding to reports of a possibly drunken trespasser sleeping in a bush at a retirement home in the 1400 block of Santo Domingo Avenue in Duarte, sheriff’s Sgt. Lynette O’Brien said.
The responding deputies realized the woman was the senior reported missing out of Azusa and notified Azusa police, who picked her up and returned her home.
TEMPLE CITY — Detectives are asking members of the public to keep a lookout for a 74-year-old Temple City man with Alzheimer’s and diabetes who went missing earlier this week.
Peter Yan Sheng Lieu was last seen about 3:20 p.m. Tuesday at his home in the 5000 block of Pal Mal Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
“He walked away from his home in an unknown direction and has not been heard from since,” the statement said.
He’s described as Asian, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 140 pounds, with partial upper dentures. He was last seen wearing a light green jacket, blue jeans and white tennis shoes.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Missing Person Detail at 323-890-5500.
UPDATE: Mr. Lewis returned home late Saturday. He had apparently become disoriented and wandered to El Monte, according to Arcadia police. He was unharmed.
ARCADIA — Police Saturday sought a 68-year-old man who suffers from diabetes and went missing late Friday from an Arcadia retirement center.
Ronald Lewis was last seen about 9 p.m. Friday at the Arcadian Retirement Center, 753 W. Duarte Road, Arcadia police officials said in a written statement.
“Mr. Lewis is a diabetic taking medication,” according to the police statement.
He’s described as white, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 280 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair. He wears glasses.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the Arcadia Police Department at 626-574-5150.
AZUSA — Police have announced that a 12-year-old Azusa boy who never returned home after school Friday has been found safe and sound.
The boy’s grandmother reported him missing early Saturday after he failed to come home after school the previous afternoon, Azusa police Cpl. Randy Schmidt said.
But within hours, officials learned the boy had stayed overnight at a friend’s house and was unharmed, Sgt. John Madaloni said.