La Puente woman vanishes while en route to Pasadena City College


Authorities sought the public’s help Friday in locating a 22-year-old La Puente woman who vanished a little more than a week ago while believed to be en route to class at Pasadena City College.
Gale Anne Williams last spoke with relatives Sept. 25, Arcadia police officials said in a written statement. She has no vehicle or cell phone and was believed to be heading to PCC. She was reported missing Oct. 1.
“Relatives say the subject has gone missing in the past, as recently as June, but not for this duration,” according to the police statement. “Inquiries with area hospitals and other facilities have been fruitless.”
Though Arcadia lies between William’s hometown of La Puente and PCC, “There is no known nexus with the subject to the City of Arcadia,” the statement said. “The missing person report has been referred to the Pasadena Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Industry Station.”
Authorities described Williams as half black and half white, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 130 pounds, with medium-length brown curly hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black and blue shirt and black leggings.
Anyone with information was asked to contact local law enforcement. Tips may also be submitted anonymously via L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

PHOTO of Gale Williams courtesy of the Arcadia Police Department.

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Coroner seeks ID of John Doe found dead in the Rio Hondo Wash

1003_NWS_WDN-L-JOHNDOE2This comes from a Department of Coroner press release issued Wednesday morning:

The Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner is seeking the public’s help with the identification of an unidentified male.
On July 31, 2013 at approximately 11:00 A.M., human skeletal remains were found along the Rio Hondo Riverbed bike path near Lincoln Avenue and San Gabriel Boulevard in Montebello, CA. The remains were determined to be a White or Hispanic male with an age range between 35 and 55 years of age. He has a partial denture at the back of his lower right jaw. No wallet or other identifying papers were found with him or in the surrounding area.

There’s two sketches included with the press release. This is the one that’s most telling.

Know who it is? Call the LA County Coroner at 323-343-0714.

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Arcadia police seek missing 80-year-old woman

0909_NWS_PSN-L-ARCMISSINGARCADIA – Police asked the public’s help Sunday in tracking down an 8-year-old woman who suffers from dementia and went missing from a hotel.
Arlen Ellefsen was last seen about 10:15 Sunday at the Hampton Inn, 311 Huntington Drive, Arcadia police Lt. Roy Namamura said in a written statement. She does not drive.
Ellefsen is white, 5 feet 9 inches tall and 125 pounds. She was last seen wearing a pink and white striped shirt and blue pants.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Arcadia police at 626-573-5123.

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UPDATE: Missing Pasadena woman found dead inside crashed car near Rose Bowl

Gretchen Leonard, 76

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.

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Runwaway South El Monte teens sought


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.

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Senior with dementia goes missing in Pasadena

Manuel Rojas

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

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Boy who went missing in Monrovia found safe

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.”

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Authorities, family members seek missing Diamond Bar man

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.

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Elderly South Pasadena man still missing after a week

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.

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Missing Azusa woman found safe in Duarte

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.

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