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News Release

Friday, July 6, 2007

Media Relations

Mentally Challenged Man Missing

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department requests asking for the public's assistance in locating 20-year-old Joseph Tsimi.

Joseph was last seen on July 4, 2007, at about 10:30 AM, at his residence in the 4000 block of Santa Rosalia Drive in South Los Angeles. His mother had left the residence to pick up groceries, but when she returned she discovered Joseph missing.

The mother said Joseph has never done this before and that he has the mental capacity of an 8-year-old. She is extremely concerned because Joseph suffers from seizures and does not have his medication with him. Joseph speaks no English, although able to speak French, because he is originally from Africa.

Joseph has black hair and brown eyes, stands 5' 11" and weighs about 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black shirt with white letters in the front, black jeans and brown shoes.

A photo of Joseph is available from Media Relations Section.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Missing Persons Unit Detectives at 213-485-5381. During after hours and on weekends you can call the 24-hour toll free Detective Information Desk at 1-877-LAWFULL (529-3855).