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News Release

Monday, January 24, 2011

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Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and the family of Maria Ruiz are asking for the public’s help in finding the 66-year-old missing woman.

On January 19, 2011, at around 11:00 a.m., Ruiz left her home located in the 1600 block of North Ivar Avenue in the LAPD’s Hollywood Area, and she has not been heard from since. According to her family, Ruiz may be in need of medical attention for a serious medical condition. Ruiz speaks Spanish only.

Ruiz is described as a female Hispanic with grey hair and brown eyes.  She stands about 4 feet 9 inches tall and weighs approximately 160 pounds. She was last seen wearing a red and black checkered jacket with large hood.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Ruiz is asked to call Hollywood Division at 213-972-2971.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers 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, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.