UPDATED: 11-year-old Azusa girl who disappeared after school found safe

AZUSA >> An 11-year-old Azusa girl who never returned home from school on Friday has been found safe, police said Saturday.
Crystal Martinez attended Foothill Middle School and was released at the normal time about 3 p.m., Azusa police Sgt. Andy Sutcliffe said in a written statement.
“She was last seen with a school friend in the area of Fifth Street and Rockvale Avenue around 3 p.m. that same day,” he said.
Her father called police to report her missing about 1 a.m. on Saturday.
“He said his daughter occasionally stays out late, but has never stayed out this late, and she has no history of running away from home,” Sutcliffe said.
The girl returned home shortly before noon on Saturday, Sutcliffe said.
“Detectives are currently interviewing her, and it appears no crime had been committed,” he said

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La Puente man vanishes during hiking trip in Angeles National Forest north of Sierra Madre

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ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST >> Rescuers continued searching the Angeles National Forest north of Sierra Madre on Friday for a 63-year-old La Puente man who went hiking Thursday and never returned, authorities said.
John Richard King was last seen about 10:30 a.m. on Thursday as he left his home in La Puente to go hiking in the Chantry Flat area of the forest, Deputy Guillermina Saldana of the Los Angeles County sheriff’s Information Bureau said in a written statement.
King was expected to return home by 10:30 p.m. but never arrived, Deputy Oscar Cantu of the sheriff’s Temple Station said. A worried relative reported him missing.
“The missing person’s vehicle was located in the parking area of Chantry Flat,” Saldana said. “He is an avid hiker and his family is very concerned for his wellbeing.”
Sheriff’s search and rescue teams from Sierra Madre, Malibu, Montrose and San Dimas, assisted by a helicopter, went in search of the missing hiker Thursday night. The search was halted overnight and resumed Friday morning.
King is described as white, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 220 pounds, with short gray hair, brown eyes and a gray beard.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau’s Missing Persons Detail at 323-890-5500.

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Whittier police seek missing woman

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WHITTIER >> Police are seeking a missing Whittier woman who went out for a cigarette Friday night and hasn’t been seen since.
Monique Connie Bautista, 35, was last seen between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Friday at her home in the 9000 block of Painter Avenue, Whittier police Lt. Steve Dean said.
“Bautista stepped out to smoke a cigarette and never returned,” Whittier police officials said in a written statement.
“Bautista is reported to suffer from depression and is bipolar,” according to the statement. “It is unknown at this time whether or not she has been taking her medication.”
Police described Bautista as Latina, 5 feet 2 inches tall, 90 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information is asked to call Whittier police at 562-567-9270.

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Help sought finding missing Montebello teen

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MONTEBELLO >> Police are asking the public’s help in finding a 17-year-old Montebello girl whose been missing for more than a month.
Isabel Frias was last seen on the night of Sept. 6 at her home in Montebello, prior to gong to sleep, Montebello police officials said in a written statement.
Her parents believed she had walked to school the following morning, but she never arrived, officials said.
“It is believed that Isabel may have run away with her boyfriend, Victor Alvarez, to an unknown location,” according to the statement.
“There have been possible sightings of Isabel in the East Los Angeles area near Obregon Park and Cesar Chavez Avenue,” the statement added.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Montebello police at 323-887-1313.

PHOTO courtesy of the Montebello Police Department.

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Officials seek teen who went missing in Temple City

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TEMPLE CITY >> Sheriff’s officials asked the public’s help Thursday in finding a 17-year-old boy who went missing in Temple City.
Sterling Williamson was last seen about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday on Birchland Place in Temple City, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
“The missing juvenile takes anxiety and antidepressant medication,” according the statement. “Possible areas of travel are Claremont where Williamson used to live, or Sierra Madre where his grandparents reside.”
He’s described a white, 5 feet 11 inches tall, 155 pounds, with green eyes and black hair.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s Temple Station at 626-285-7171.

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Police still seeking missing Pasadena woman with dementia

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PASADENA >> Police renewed their call for the public’s help in finding a 71-year-old Pasadena woman with dementia who went missing more than a week ago.
Patricia Gwynn Williams was last seen about 11:45 a.m. on Sept. 6 at her home in the 800 block of North Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Vasken Gourdikian said in a written statement.
Her husband returned home about 2:30 p.m. and discovered her missing, he said. “It is believed that she walked away from her residence.”
Officers searched the area but found no sign of Williams, Gourdikian said.
A witness reported seeing the missing woman alone about 9:50 p.m. on Sept. 7 at Roy’s Restaurant, 641 E. Colorado Blvd., police said. But she walked away before officers arrived and could not be found.
“She suffers dementia and has a history of walking away from her residence,” Gourdikian said. “She has also been known to frequent the area of
Williams is white, 5 feet 2 inches tall and about 110 pounds. She was last seen wearing a blue-and-white patterned short-sleeve shirt, black and white slacks and gray Sketchers shoes.
Anyone with information is asked to call Pasadena police at 626-744-4241.

PHOTO: Patricia Gwynn Williams, 71, of Pasadena. (Courtesy, Pasadena Police Department)

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Duarte man sought after vanishing two weeks ago

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DUARTE >> Authorities are asking the public to keep an eye out for a 58-year-old Duarte man suffering from medical problems who’s been missing for two weeks.
Rudolph “Rudy” Mejia was last seen leaving his Vineyard Avenue home about 3:30 p.m. Sept. 1, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
Mejia left home in his white, 2015 Dodge Ram pickup truck. But the truck was found abandoned along San Gabriel Canyon Road in the Azusa Canyon on Tuesday, officials said. The were no signs the truck had been involved in a crash.
“The missing persons suffers from depression and heart issues,” according to the statement. “His family is very concerned and is also asking for the public’s assistance.”
Mejia is Latino, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 230 pounds, with brown hair, blue eyes and missing bottom front teeth. He has a 3- to 4-inch vertical scar on the front of his left knee.
He was last seen wearing a gray shirt and blue jeans.
Anyone with information can reach detectives Abraham or Nunez of the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau, Missing Persons Unit at 323-890-5500.

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Body found in forest identified as missing West Covina dancer; murder suspect jailed

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AZUSA >> The body of a 27-year-old dancer reported missing in West Covina earlier this week was discovered along a forest road north of Azusa Saturday morning, authorities confirmed Sunday.
Rahkeem “Rocky” Reyes of West Covina disappeared Sept. 5.
Reyes’ car was found with its engine running and his wallet and laptop computer inside in the 1500 block of McWood Street in West Covina, causing family members to fear something had happened to him.
Their worst fears were confirmed Sunday, when police conformed the body was that of Reyes.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies, along with the San Dimas Search and Rescue team, found the body about 10:15 a.m. Saturday along mile marker 2.5 of San Gabriel Canyon Road, in the Angeles National Forest north of Azusa.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s detectives soon realized the body was related to the West Covina missing person case, and the investigation was turned over to the West Covina Police Department.
“West Covina Police have been involved in an intense investigation that started with the disappearance of Rahkeem Reyes six days ago,” West Covina police Lt. David Lee said. “Their investigation led them to the area in Azusa Canyon where his body was found.”
Meanwhile, investigators have arrested a man on suspicion of murder in connection with Reyes’ death.
0912_nws_sgt-l-reyes1West Covina police arrested Phillip Von Wade, 20, of West Covina during the early-morning hours Thursday, according to Los Angeles County booking records.
Reyes, a professional dancer, was last known to be with Wade before he disappeared, Hampton said.
Information regarding the motive in the killing was not available Sunday. The relationship between the victim and suspect remained under investigation, Lee said.
Reyes, a professional dancer, was last known to be with Wade before he disappeared, Reyes’ girlfriend, Christina Oliver, said in an email.
Reyes had hired Wade to make a costume for him several months ago for between $700 and $900, but it was never completed, Oliver said.
Reyes went to Wade’s house in West Covina on the afternoon of Sept. 5 in order to be fitted for a portion of the costume, she said. She began looking for him when he never came home.
Oliver said her boyfriend had no enemies.
“There was no reason For anyone to be mad at Rocky,” Oliver said. “He is not gang related, he doesn’t do drugs, he doesn’t drink nor does he owe anyone money.”
Coroner’s investigators have yet to determine Reyes’ cause of death.
Wade was being held in lieu of $1 million bail pending his initial court appearance, scheduled Monday in the Los Angeles County Superior Court’s Pomona branch.
Anyone with information was asked to contact West Covina police at 626-939-8500. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

PHOTOS: [ABOVE] – Rahkeem “Rocky” Reyes, 27, of West Covina. (Courtesy) [BELOW] – Phillip Von Wade, 20, of West Covina. (Courtesy)

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UPDATE: Arrest made in connection with dancer’s disappearance in West Covina

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WEST COVINA >> Police in West Covina have arrested a man in connection with this week’s “suspicious” disappearance of a 27-year-old professional dancer, but released little information about the case, according to officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
Rahkeem “Rocky” Reyes, 27, of West Covina disappeared Monday, according to West Covina police officials and  Ronda Hampton of the organization REACH for Mental Health Awareness, who assisted the family in the early stages of the search. He’s not been seen or heard from since.
His car was found later the same day in the 1500 block of McWood Street, police confirmed late Friday.
The engine was running, with the keys in the ignition, Hampton said. Property belonging to Reyes, including his laptop computer and wallet, were found inside the car, she added. Police declined to confirm those details.
In a written statement issued Friday night, West Covina police announced “the arrest of an adult has been made,” but provided no further details, including what crime the suspect was accused of.
“The name (of the suspect) and details of this arrest is not being released at this time as this is an active and fluid investigation,” according to the statement.
Hampton said Reyes was last seen with a man named Phillip Wade at about 5:40 p.m. Monday.
While police refused to release information about the arrest Friday, county booking records show West Covina police arrested Phillip Von Wade, 20, on suspicion of a felony at 12:27 a.m. Thursday.
Alleged crimes are not listed on the county’s booking system, however Wade was being held in lieu of $1 million bail, which is consistent with an allegation of a serious crime carrying a possible life sentence.
Wade is scheduled to appear for an arraignment hearing Monday in the West Covina branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Hampton described Reyes as a professional dancer who has performed in dance videos, movies, commercials and live performances.
Anyone with information was asked to contact West Covina police at 626-939-8556. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

PHOTO/FLIER (Courtesy)

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West Covina man goes missing under suspicious circumstances

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WEST COVINA >> Police and worried family members are searching for a professional dancer of West Covina who disappeared earlier this week.
Rahkeem “Rocky” Reyes, 27, was last seen Monday, according to West Covina police officials and family friend Ronda Hampton.
His car was found later in the day in the 1500 block of McWood Street, Hampton said.
“His car was found running with the keys in the ignition and with all of his belongings in the car, including his laptop, wallet and other personal belongings, however, he was nowhere to be found,” she said.
“Rocky is a 27-year old professional dancer who has danced in several dance videos, movies, commercials and live stage performances,” Hampton said. “His family is very concerned about him as he has never gone missing and they are concerned that he may be in danger.”
Police confirmed they were investigating the disappearance as a person missing under suspicious circumstances, but declined to discuss the case in detail Thursday, citing the ongoing investigation.
Anyone with information can reach the West Covina Police Department at 626-939-8500. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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