UPDATED: Missing autistic Montebello teen returns home

MONTEBELLO >> An autistic teenager who ran away from home in Montebello Friday night returned home safe and sound Saturday afternoon, police said.
Jose Arellano, 15, was discovered missing from his home in the area of Beverly Boulevard and Garfield Avenue on Saturday morning, Montebello police said. He is described as high-functioning autistic.
His mother awoke Saturday to find a note from the boy saying he had run away, police said in a written statement.
But after police reached out to the public for help in finding the boy Saturday, he returned home unharmed, officials said.

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Police seek San Bernardino County man who wandered away from Arcadia hospital

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ARCADIA >> Police asked the public to keep an eye out for a 66-year-old San Bernardino County man who went missing from the Methodist Hospital in Arcadia Wednesday, officials said.
John Ben Disney was last seen about 6:15 p.m. at the hospital, 300 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia police officials said in a written statement.
“Mr. Disney apparently walked away from the hospital,” according to the police statement. “He suffers from high blood pressure and has been known to abuse alcohol. It is believed he does have access to cash and a debit card.”
Though believed to be a San Bernardino County resident, Disney was last contacted within the past month while driving a vehicle in Pasadena.
“He does not have access to the vehicle at this time and was last known to be on foot,” the statement said.
The missing man is described as white, 6 feet 1 inch tall, 225 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a plaid shirt, shorts and a baseball cap with the word “Army” printed on the front.
Anyone with information is asked to call Arcadia police at 626-574-5151.

PHOTO of John Ben Disney courtesy of the Arcadia Police Department.

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Woman goes missing in Arcadia

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ARCADIA >> Authorities are seeking a 44-year-old woman who vanished from an Arcadia hospital more than a week ago and hasn’t been seen since.
Barbara Jean Joseph was last seen July 26 after she went to the Methodist Hospital in Arcadia, 300 W. Huntington Drive, but left before being seen by a physician, according to Arcadia police Lt. Colleen Flores. It was unclear why the woman went to the hospital in the first place.
Joseph was reported missing Wednesday, Flores said.
“Barbara has a history of psychological disorders and has attempted suicide numerous times in the past,” Flores said.
She’s described as white, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 150 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She does not own a car, and it was unclear what clothing she was wearing when she disappeared.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Arcadia police at 626-574-5151.

PHOTO courtesy of the Arcadia Police Department

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14-year-old girl goes missing in La Habra

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LA HABRA >> Police and worried family members are seeking a 14-year-old La Habra girl who went missing Wednesday afternoon, officials said.
Morgan “Mo-Mo” Starr Hambrick was last seen about 2 p.m. in the 900 block of Las Lomas Drive, La Habra police officials said in a written statement.
“She had been given permission by her grandfather to retrieve the mail and never returned. Her mother initiated an immediate search of the surrounding area, as well as some nearby communities, but could not locate her,” the statement said. “She alerted family members in Compton, as Morgan had previously run away and been located there, and contacted the La Habra Police Department to file a missing person report.”
Though she has run away from home in the past, Hambrick has never been gone for more than four hours, police said. She requires medication for a medical condition. It was unclear whether she had any money with her, and she does not own a cell phone.
Hambrick was described as black, 5 feet 1 inch tall and 79 pounds. She has gold and brown hair, worn in braids, and brown eyes. She wa last seen wearing a pink beanie, tan shorts and black high-top sneakers.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Sgt. Jose Quirarte at 562-383-4300.

PHOTO courtesy of the La Habra Police Department.

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Missing autistic man from Altadena found safe in Utah

ALTADENA >> A 19-year-old autistic man who went missing over the weekend was found safe in Utah Friday morning, officials said.
Jonathan Taylor Clarke took his identification and some money from his mother’s purse during the early-morning hours July 18 and left on foot, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
He requires medication, and without it, officials said his mental capacity is that of a 7-year-old child.
Clarke’s mother received an e-mail from him stating that he loved her and was sorry, sheriff’s officials said.
“Jonathan was located by North Park Police Department in North Park, Utah. He was found this morning and was reported to be hungry, but not injured at all,” according to the sheriff’s department statement. “Jonathan’s mother will be driving out to pick Jonathan. Thank you all who took the time to post flyers.”

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Azusa police seek missing woman

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AZUSA >> Police are seeking a woman who went missing from her temporary home in Azusa Tuesday night, officials said.
Micki Lisa Strampe, 42, was last seen about 9 p.m. at her temporary residence in the 900 block of East Citrus Edge Street, Azusa police Sgt.
Strampe suffers from medical issues and requires medication, Torres said. It was believed she left her home of her own free will.
Strampe is described as white, about 5 feet 4 inches tall, about 215 pounds, with long brown hair and green eyes. She was last seenw earing a blue T-shirt and dark green pants.
Micki was described as a 42 year-old white female, about 5’04” tall, weighing about 215 pounds, with long brown hair and green eyes. She was last seen wearing a blue T-shirt and dark green pants.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Azusa police at 626-812-3200. Tips may also be submitted online by clicking the “anonymous tip” link atop the department’s website, www.azusapd.org.

PHOTO of missing person Micki Lisa Strampe, 42, courtesy of the Azusa Police Department.

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UPDATED: Young autistic man goes missing in Altadena

0719_NWS_PSN-L-ALTADENA-MISSING1ALTADENA >> Deputies are seeking a 19-year-old autistic man from Altadena who vanished early Saturday morning.
Jonathan Taylor Clark left his home in the 100 block of West Alta Loma Drive about 3 a.m., Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
“Jonathan has autism and (needs) prescribed medication,” the statement said. “If Jonathan is without his medication, his mental capacity would be (that of a) 7-year-old.”
Clark took some money and his identification from his mothers purse and left home on foot,” according to Deputy Jeffrey Gordon of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
“He has run away from facilities and his home before and is known to make poor decisions,” Gordon said.
Deputies notified their law enforcement counterparts in the area to be on the lookout for Clark, including the Sheriff’s Transit Services Bureau, which patrols train and bus lines, and the the Montrose and Altadena search and rescue teams, which searched the nearby forest.
Clark is described as white, 5 feet 11 inches tall and was last seen wearing blue jeans, along with white and yellow shoes.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the sheriff’s Altadena station at 626-798-1131.

PHOTO courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

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Officials seek missing Pasadena man

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PASADENA >> Police asked the public’s help Thursday in finding a man who suffers from schizophrenia and depression and has been missing since Monday.
Dion Andre Afeworki, 30, was last seen about 11 a.m. Monday at the Allen Gold Line Station, Pasadena police officials said in a written statement.
Afeworki suffers from schizophrenia and depression and requires medication, Lt. Marie Sell said.
Police described Afeworki as black, 5 feet 6 inches tall, with black hair in a Mohawk hairstyle, tattoos on both forearms and pierced ears.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Pasadena police at 626-744-4241.

PHOTO of Dion Afeworki courtesy of the Pasadena Police Department.

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Azusa police seek missing man

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AZUSA >> Police are asking the public’s help in finding a missing 21-year-old who went missing in Azusa Friday.
David Cardiel was last seen about 2:05 p.m. in the 500 block of East Gladstone Street, Azusa police officials said in a written statement. He is possibly suffering from depression.
He’s described as Latino, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 180 pounds, with a thin mustache, black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a white shirt and black shorts. He has his last name tattooed on the right side of his chest.
Police asked anyone who spots Cardiel asked to call 9-1-1. Anyone with information was asked to contact Azusa police at 626-812-3200.

PHOTO of Daniel Cardiel courtesy of the Azusa Police Department

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Missing elderly West Covina man found safe in Orange County

WEST COVINA >> An elderly man who went missing in West Covina Thursday turned up disoriented, but safe, early Saturday morning, police said.
Buddy Merritt Saunders disappeared after leaving a West Covina hospital Thursday night. The 85-year-old man, who suffers from memory loss issues, was supposed to drive home, but never arrived, West Covina police officials said. He was reported missing to police the following day.
Police reached out to the public and the California Highway Patrol issued a Silver Alert, West Covina police spokesman Rudy Lopez said.
“Early this morning, Mr. Saunders was located by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in the city of San Clemente,” Lopez said. “He was disoriented but safe and unharmed.”
Officials took Saunders to a hospital for examination as a precaution, Lopez added. No foul play was suspected.

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