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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

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UPDATE
May 31, 2012

Earlier today, Maria Gutierrez was located in the City of Torrance, and is currently at a local hospital in good condition.

Los Angeles:
   The family of Maria Gutierrez and the Los Angeles Police Department’s Missing Persons Unit are asking for the public’s help to locate Gutierrez.

On May 16, 2012, around 8 a.m., Gutierrez was last seen in the 4100 block of South Woodlawn Avenue in the Newton Area of Los Angeles. Gutierrez never returned home and has not been seen or heard from since. Her family is extremely concerned for her welfare because she suffers from early stages of Alzheimer’s disease and may be disoriented.  Gutierrez speaks fluent Spanish and limited English.

Gutierrez is described as a female Hispanic with black/gray hair, brown eyes, stands 4 feet 8 inches tall, and weighs about 125 pounds.  Gutierrez was last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt, brown pants, and back and pink athletic shoes. Gutierrez is missing one top front tooth and she wears reading glasses.

Anyone with information on Gutierrez’ whereabouts is asked to contact the LAPD Missing Persons Unit at 213-996-1800  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.

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