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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Officials seek missing 74-year-old Temple City man

TEMPLE CITY — Detectives are asking members of the public to keep a lookout for a 74-year-old Temple City man with Alzheimer’s and diabetes who went missing earlier this week.
Peter Yan Sheng Lieu was last seen about 3:20 p.m. Tuesday at his home in the 5000 block of Pal Mal Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
“He walked away from his home in an unknown direction and has not been heard from since,” the statement said.
He’s described as Asian, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 140 pounds, with partial upper dentures. He was last seen wearing a light green jacket, blue jeans and white tennis shoes.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Missing Person Detail at 323-890-5500.

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UPDATE: Missing Arcadia senior found safe

UPDATE: Mr. Lewis returned home late Saturday. He had apparently become disoriented and wandered to El Monte, according to Arcadia police. He was unharmed.

ARCADIA — Police Saturday sought a 68-year-old man who suffers from diabetes and went missing late Friday from an Arcadia retirement center.
Ronald Lewis was last seen about 9 p.m. Friday at the Arcadian Retirement Center, 753 W. Duarte Road, Arcadia police officials said in a written statement.
“Mr. Lewis is a diabetic taking medication,” according to the police statement.
He’s described as white, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 280 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair. He wears glasses.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the Arcadia Police Department at 626-574-5150.

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UPDATE: Missing Azusa boy found safe

AZUSA — Police have announced that a 12-year-old Azusa boy who never returned home after school Friday has been found safe and sound.

The boy’s grandmother reported him missing early Saturday after he failed to come home after school the previous afternoon, Azusa police Cpl. Randy Schmidt said.

But within hours, officials learned the boy had stayed overnight at a friend’s house and was unharmed, Sgt. John Madaloni said.

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Police seek man who went missing from Arcadia rehabilitation facility

ARCADIA — Police Sunday sought a man who suffers from bipolar disorder and takes medication after he went missing from an assisted living a rehabiliation facility.
Michael Allan Bell, 55, was last seen about 10:30 a.m. at Country Villa Huntington Drive, 400 W. Huntington Drive, according to Arcadia police Lt. Colleen Flores.
“Mr. Bell has cellulitis on his left leg, which is wrapped in gauze dressing,” she said in a written statement. “Although Mr. Bell can walk, he primarily gets around in his wheelchair which is missing from the facility.”
He’s described as white, 5 feet 10 inches tall and 238 pounds. He was last seen wearing khaki pants and a heavy light brown jacket.
Anyone with information was asked to call Arcadia police at (626) 574-5156.

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UPDATED: Hiker rescued after sub-freezing night in Angeles National Forest

ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST – Following an extensive search, rescuers Sunday found a hypothermic hiker who spent more than 24 hours stranded in the Angeles National Forest north of Azusa, including a night in sub-freezing temperatures, authorities said.
Manny Kim, 28, of Arcadia became separated from two friends shortly before 6 p.m. Saturday during what was supposed to be a day hike in the Bear Creek Trail area of the forest, about a mile west of San Gabriel Canyon Road and just north of the West Fork National Recreation trail, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
After about 26 hours alone in the forest, rescuers found Kim about four miles west of where he was first reported missing, near mile marker 5 of the West Fork trail, Deputy Matt Bodell said.
“He’s hypothermic and we’re going to transport (him) to a local hospital,” Bodell said.
The hiker was conscious and speaking with rescuers, the deputy said. “Everything looks good, we’re just trying to get him to the hospital ASAP.”
Further details regarding Kim’s ordeal in the forest were not available.
Wearing only a light jacket and not carrying and water or light source, Kim was unprepared for the frigid overnight temperatures, which dropped into the 20s during the coldest night of what the National Weather Service described as the coldest Southern California January in six years, officials said.
While hiking with two others, “They became separated and they have not seen him since,” Lt. Andy Berg of the sheriff’s San Dimas Station said as the search was ongoing.
Officials hunted for the missing hiker both on the ground with the aid of a search dog and from the air via helicopters.
Between 30 and 40 personnel including sheriff’s deputies, San Dimas Mountain Rescue Team members, Montrose Search and Rescue Team members and U.S. Forest Service officials took part in the search in the rugged terrain Sunday afternoon.
“We’re lining up people again tomorrow, if we need them,” Capt. Don Slawson said prior to Kim’s rescue.

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