UPDATED: El Monte woman and grandson who went missing during morning walk found safe in Pasadena

EL MONTE — A 68-year-old El Monte woman and her 18-month-old grandson who went missing during their morning walk Sunday morning were found safe in Pasadena Sunday night , authorities said.
Ying Wah Tan Jer and her grandson Bryant Tan were reported missing after going on a walk about 7 a.m. near their home in the 4400 block of La Madera Avenue, El Monte police Detective George Fierro said in a written statement.
Jer had the boy in a backpack carrier when she left their home for their routine walk, he said. They usually walk up and down La Madera Avenue before returning home.
“A few hours later, the parents of (Tan) became concerned that (Jer) and (Tan) had not returned home, so they drove around the neighborhood in an attempt to locate them, however they were not located,” Fierro said. “The parents then called the police to report them missing.”
Jer did not have a cell phone, and she left her wallet and identification at home, police said.
Police officers, detectives and Explorer scouts carried out a search for the missing woman and child, Fierro said.
The woman and child turned up unharmed in Pasadena about 8:30 p.m., however further circumstances of where they were found or how they ended up there were not immediately available.

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UPDATED: MisPolice seek missing Azusa man with diminished mental capacity

*UPDATE – The missing person was found safe in Covina Friday afternoon, per Azusa police.

AZUSA — Police asked the public to keep an eye out Friday for a 27-year-old man with the mental capacity of a 10-year-old child who went missing from his home.
Anthony Zavala Jr. was last seen about 9 a.m. Friday at his home in the 300 block of South Jackson Avenue, Azusa police Sgt. Andy Sutcliffe said in a written statement.
“According to family, he does not have a history of leaving home or wandering off,” Sutcliffe said.
Zavala is Latino, 5 feet tall, 95 pounds, with brown “crew cut” hair and brown eyes. He walks with a “pigeon-toed” gate and was last seen wearing a light-colored T-shirt and green camouflage pants.
Anyone who spots the missing man was asked to contact Azusa police at 626-812-3200.

PHOTO of Anthony Zavala Jr. courtesy of the Azusa Police Department

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El Monte police seek missing man with Parkinson’s disease

1028_NWS_SGT-L-MISSINGEL MONTE — Police asked the public’s help Sunday in tracking down a 76-year-old man who suffers from Parkinson’s disease who went missing last week.
Victor Eusebio Carrera was was last seen about 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Win All EZ Inn, 10024 Valley Blvd., El Monte police officials said in a written statement.
He requires several medications, police added. Carrera was described as Latino, 5 feet 9 inches tall and about 170 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information was asked to call El Monte police Detective Carlos Molina at 626-258-8643.
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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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