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News Release

Tuesday, June 6, 2006

Media Relations

Police Asking for Help in Locating a Man with Lung Cancer

Update: Mr. Elam was found by Los Angeles County Sheriff Deputies in Slauson this afternoon. He has been reunited with his family.

Los Angeles:
The Los Angeles Police Department and the Elam family are asking for the public's help in locating Mr. Melvin Elam, who has been missing since June 4, 2006.

Mr. Elam's family reported that on Sunday, June 4, at about 2:00 in the morning, Mr. Elam was asleep in the family's residence located in the 2000 block of 113th Street in South Los Angeles. When the family awoke the following day at around 6:00 a.m., they noticed that Mr. Elam was not home and had wondered off during the night.

Mr. Elam is a 61-year-old black man with salt and pepper hair and brown eyes. He is 5 feet 5 inches tall and weights 130 pounds. He has a tattoo of a snake on his right forearm. He is in poor physical and mental condition and has level four lung cancer. He may be unable to recall his name, address or whereabouts.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Mr. Elam, is asked to contact Detective Mullins, Missing Persons Unit, at 213-485-5381. On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24 hour toll free number at 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855).