EL MONTE >> Police reached out to the public for help Wednesday in tracking down a 71-year-old old El Monte man suffering from schizophrenia and a mild intellectual disability who went missing Saturday.
Francisco De Guevara Ladron was last seen about 8 a.m. Saturday leaving his home in the Sunnyside Guest Home, 4457 Maxson Road, El Monte police Sgt. Richard Luna said in a written statement. He told staff he was heading to a store, possibly a 7-Eleven at 12170 Ramona Blvd., Luna said.
When staff members noticed Ladron had not returned, they went looking for him without success, Luna said. El Monte police were also unable to find Ladron after searching the area.
“Ladron has no immediate family and there are no other known areas where he frequents,” Luna said. “Ladron does require daily medication.”
Ladron was described as Latino, with gray hair and brown eyes. He’s 5 feet 6 inches tall, 145 pounds and is missing all of his teeth. He speaks only Spanish and talks in an “animated” fashion, police said. He walks slowly and with poor posture.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the El Monte Police Department or their local law enforcement agency immediately.
MONTEBELLO >> Police asked the public to keep an eye out for a Montebello family’s service dog, which went missing last week.
Pipistrello, a 2-year-old Australian terrier called “Pip” for short, was last seen Tuesday in the 300 block of North Greenwood Avenue, near Harding Avenue, Montebello police Lt. Rich Meadows said.
More than a pet, Pip is a service dog who aids her owner, who suffers from a medical condition, Meadows said.
Upon hearing of the lost service dog, Montebello police decided to help the family spread the word in hopes that someone will find and turn in Pip, the lieutenant said.
Pip is reddish-blond and was wearing a pink collar and a dog tag attached to the collar with a pink, heart-shaped clip, officials said.
Anyone who spots the dog is asked to contact Montebello police at 323-887-1313.
PHOTO courtesy of the Montebello Police Department
MONTEREY PARK >> Police sought a 79-year-old Chinese-speaking man with dementia who went missing in Monterey Park Thursday, before he was found safe later in the day, officials said.
Chaowu Li was last seen about 7:30 a.m. Thursday in the 800 block of East Emerson Avenue, Monterey Park police officials said in a written statement.
He was found safe Thursday afternoon, police said.
ARCADIA >> Detectives seeking a missing 13-year-old Arcadia boy who disappeared after school Friday afternoon found him safe Saturday in Temple City, authorities said.
The grandmother of the boy dropped him off about 8 a.m. at Dana Middle School, 1401 S. First Avenue, Arcadia police Sgt. James Trabbie said.
“We have a record of him attending school,” the sergeant said. But he was not seen after.
“Just before midnight, the reporting party notified the Arcadia Police Department that his son had not returned home from school and has not been heard from,” Trabbie said. He did not have a cell phone or any money with him.
Detectives found the boy about 11:30 a.m. at the home of a friend in Temple City, Trabbie said. Police brought him back to the Arcadia Police Department to reunite him with his parents.
PASADENA >> An 11-year-old girl reported missing Thursday afternoon returned home safe hours later, police said.
The girl was reported missing after she vanished about 6 p.m., Pasadena police officials said in a written statement. She had last been seen walking in the 800 block North El Molino Avenue.
After reaching out to the public for help in finding the girl, she returned home unharmed Thursday evening, police said.
WEST COVINA >> A mentally ill Glendora man who went missing in West Covina Tuesday turned up safe in Norwalk early Friday, officials said.
The 57-year-old man walked away from Doctor’s Hospital of West Covina Tuesday after exiting the facility for a cigarette, according to West Covina police officials and the man’s sister.
Isidoro “Izzy” Limon, 57, was found safe in Norwalk Friday morning and was being returned to the facility where he lives in Glendora, West Covina police Lt. Dave Lee said.
AZUSA >> An 82-year-old Azusa woman who went missing Thursday morning returned home Thursday night, authorities said.
Worried family members reported the woman missing about 10:30 a.m. after she walked away from her home in the 800 block of East Foothill Boulevard. She suffers from medical problems and requires medication, according to Azusa police Sgt. Andy Sutcliffe.
But police announced the missing woman returned home Thursday night.
“She was unharmed, healthy and in good spirits,” Azusa police reported on their Twitter account.
PASADENA >> An elderly man with dementia who went missing in Pasadena Saturday afternoon turned up safe in Compton Saturday evening, police said.
Police asked the public to keep an eye out for a 87-year-old Washington Kinnebrew after he wandered away from the Eisenhower Nursing & Convalescent Hospital, 1740 N. Fair Oaks Ave., about noon, Pasadena police officials said in a written statement. He suffers from dementia and requires medication.
Kinnebrew was found safe in Compton early Saturday evening, and was en route back to Pasadena, police said.
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.