ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST >> A sheriff’s search and rescue team found and rescued eight members of UCLA’s Hiking Club early Sunday who had become lost and mildly hypothermic while hiking deep in the Angeles National Forest, authorities said.
Twelve students were hiking Saturday near Throop Peak, at an elevation of more than 8,000 feet, when eight of the hikers became lost, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said. The other five members managed to find their own way out of the forest.
Search an rescue teams from the San Dimas, Crescenta Valley and Palmdale sheriff’s stations responded to a 9-1-1 call about 6 p.m. Saturday reporting the eight missing hikers, sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
Rescuers plunged into thigh-deep snow drifts as they searched for the missing hikers, officials said.
Members of the Montrose Search and Rescue Team, based out of the sheriff’s Crescenta Valley Station, found the missing group about 12:30 a.m. Sunday.
“The students were elated to see the rescue team, some being mildly hypothermic,” according to the statement. “None of the students required medical attention, and were taken back to their cars.”
Rescuers secured the hikers with harnesses and ropes as they escorted them from the forest to prevent them from falling down the icy slopes, officials added.
According to the statement, “It took rescuers six hours to hike out the students due to the treacherous conditions.”
PHOTO courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
EL MONTE >> A mentally disabled man who went missing Friday morning was found safe late Friday afternoon with the help of social media, officials said.
Police asked for the public’s help Friday in finding 19-year-old Jason Guillen, who has the mental capacity of a 3-year-old child, El Monte police officials said in a written statement. He disappeared about 10:15 from Golden Ox Burgers, 10903 Valley Mall, police said.
Police circulated a photo of the missing man as they searched for him through the afternoon.
Police in Fontana notified their counterparts in El Monte about 7 p.m. that Guillen had turned up safe and sound, El Monte police Lt. Ben Lowry said.
Guillen had boarded a bus with a final destination in Fontana, Lowry said. When he failed to exit the bus at the end of the line, local police were summoned.
Social media posts regarding the missing man played a key role in his safe recovery, Lowry added.
A San Bernardino police official who had seen a social media post describing the missing man overheard Fontana police radio traffic discussing the man on the bus, Lowry said.
The San Bernardino officer notified Fontana police that the man in question had been reported missing from El Monte, he said.
AZUSA >> An 18-year-old mentally disabled man who went missing in Azusa Saturday was found safe Sunday, police said.
Christian Jackson was reported missing after he disappeared about 11:15 a.m. from the 300 block of South Enid Avenue, Azusa police officials said in a written statement.
After reaching out to the public for help, police announced Sunday that Jackson had been found safe and sound.
WHITTIER >> A 72-year-old Whittier man who went missing Friday during his usual walk on the Greenway Trail turned up safe and sound Sunday at a relative’s home, police said.
Roger Metzler disappeared after going got his routine walk on the Greenway Trail, Whittier police officials said in a written statement. He suffers from dementia and other medical problems and did not have his medication with him.
Concerned family members reported the man missing, officials said.
Metzler was found unharmed at a relative’s home Sunday, police said.
PASADENA >> A missing autistic woman with bipolar disorder and high blood pressure who went missing Wednesday turned up safe and sound at a Los Angeles bus stop Saturday, police said.
Authorities sought the public’s help in finding Gena Richardson, 46, after she disappeared from her home Pasadena home Wednesday afternoon. She had possibly been spotted at the Memorial Park Gold Line Station the same day.
A woman who recognized Richardson from media coverage saw her Saturday morning at a bus stop at the corner of Adams Boulevard and Figueora Street, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said. The good Samaritan flagged down a Los Angeles police officer.
Luna said Richardson was unharmed and was being reunited with her family.
PASADENA >> Police are seeking a 14-year-old boy who ran away from a center for at-risk youths in Pasadena Saturday afternoon.
Rodjay Slutter, 14, was last seen about 3 p.m. at Hillsides, 940 Avenue 64, Pasadena police officials said.
He is described as black, 5 feet 10 inches tall and 195 pounds.
No further details were available. Anyone with information was asked to contact police immediately.
AZUSA >> Police asked the public’s help, and received it, Sunday in tracking down a possibly suicidal Covina man who went missing in Azusa.
Ethan Luke Robben, 22, was last seen about 8 a.m. Sunday in the 200 block of North Aspan Avenue, Arcadia police officials said in a written statement.
Several hours later, a person who saw the missing person flier on the Azusa Police Department’s Facebook page reported spotting the man, who was located safe and sound, police said.
MONTEBELLO, Calif. >> Police Sunday discovered a woman’s body inside the trunk of the car of a Montebello family that’s been missing for five days, authorities said.
The Perez family was last seen Friday, Montebello police officials said. The missing family includes Daniel Perez, 43, his wife Erica Perez, 39, and their sons Alex, 6, Tristan, 8, Jaiden, 9, and Jordan, 11.
Police launched an investigation Tuesday after a relative reported the Perez family missing, Montebello police officials said in a written statement. The family has not been seen or heard from since.
But the case turned from a missing persons investigation into a homicide investigation Wednesday afternoon when police made a grisly discovery.
Based on a tip received while canvassing the family’s neighborhood, investigators found a black 2010 Honda Accord belonging to the family about 5 p.m., parked along the curb at 2nd Street and Harding Avenue, next to Beverly Hospital, Montebello police Capt. Luis Lopez said. The car was found less than a mile to the north of the family’s 1st Street home.
Police then discovered the body of a woman inside the trunk of the car, Lopez said. It was not clear late Wednesday whether the body found was that of Erica Perez, Lopez said, however the basic description of the body was consistent with the missing woman’s description.
Police released no information regarding how the woman may have died, or how long ago. The Perez family remained unaccounted for.
“The biggest concern we have is for the children,” Lopez said.
The captain described Daniel Perez a a “person of interest” in the investigation.
Family members told police the parents’ marriage was “unstable” and that the couple had a history of domestic violence, police officials said in a written statement,
Police continued seeking the family Wednesday night, Lopez said. Their investigation included a review of vehicles that have recently crossed the Southern border into Mexico, in case the family had left the country.
Police sought a second car registered to the family, which Lopez described as a black 2014 Toyota Camry with California license plate No. 7FDS891.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Montebello police at 323-887-1313.
PHOTOS of Perez family courtesy of the Montebello Police Department.
PASADENA >> Pasadena police Thursday found a 74-year-old woman with dementia who went missing Thursday in Pasadena.
The woman had been last seen about 4:10 p.m. at Pier 1 Imports, 422 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena police officials said in a written statement. She suffers from dementia.
Officials located the woman, safe and sound, shortly after 8 p.m., police said.
YOLO COUNTY >> Authorities scaled back their search for a missing Alhambra man and former Harlem Globetrotter who vanished earlier this month while driving to Washington State, Yolo County sheriff’s officials said.
The search for Rick Omarr Harris, 37, began Oct. 14 after deputies noticed his Nissan sedan had been sitting for two days along State Route 16, near Rumsey, in a wilderness park in Yolo County, Yolo County sheriff’s Lt. Lance Faille said.
An investigation determined he was en route to Seattle, where he had recently moved with hid girlfriend from Alhambra, officials said. He had stopped in Alhambra Oct. 9 to pick up some belongings before heading back to Washington about 1 a.m. Oct. 10.
Harris called his mother about 9:30 a.m. Oct. 10 and said he was tired and planning on pulling over to rest, Alhambra police Sgt. Jerry Johnson said. He have no sign of distress.
Officials scoured the area by foot, ATV and aircraft, Yolo County sheriff’s Capt. Larry Cecchettini said. Officials also called upon the public to keep an eye out for Harris.
After a full week of searching the area surrounding where Harris car was found, “The search has failed to locate Harris or provide evidence other than his vehicle and a few personal effect,” the captain said.
The physical search was scaled back Wednesday, though extra patrols were to continue in the area with both marked and unmarked patrol cars, sheriff’s officials said.
“We will not comment on the onoing investigation other than to say that no foul play is suspected,” Cecchettini said.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office at 530-668-5280.
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