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News Release

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Media Relations

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Missing person has been found in the downtown area of Los Angeles; in good condition; and returned home.

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is requesting the public’s assistance in locating 13-year-old Morita Gunner Jr.

He is described as a male Hispanic, 4 feet 3 inches tall and weighs about 70 pounds, with brown hair, brown eyes and a small build and has the mental capacity of a 6-year-old.  Morita did not take his medication with him and is in need of it.

Morita was last seen around 7 a.m. on June 30, 2009, at his group home in the 11600 block of Gladstone Avenue in Lakeview Terrace.  Morita apparently left his residence on foot and headed in an unknown direction.  Morita was wearing a grey shirt, blue pants and black shoes.  He also has a scar on his chest.  

Anyone who has seen Morita Gunner Jr. or has information regarding his whereabouts, is urged to contact the Missing Persons Unit of the LAPD’s Detective Support and Vice Division at 213-485-5381.  After-hours and on weekends, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (527-3247).  Callers may also text “Crimes” with a cell phone or log on to and click on web tips.  When using a cell phone, all messages should begin with “LAPD.”  Tipsters may remain anonymous.