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Friday, May 4, 2012

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Police Seeking Two Critically Missing Persons; Patients Missing from Hospital Need Medication NR12203rf

Los Angeles:  LAPD Rampart Division detectives are looking for two patients from a local hospital
whom they believe are in need of medication.

Yesterday evening about 9:20 p.m., detectives were notified that patients James Sheppard and Christopher Bednar were missing from a local hospital.  Sheppard is a white male with brown hair and eyes.  He is 50 years old, stands 6 feet tall and weighs about 185 pounds.  Bednar is also a white male with brown hair and blue eyes.  He is 45 years old, just under 6 feet tall and weighs about 280 pounds.

The medical facility where these patients were staying has issued an “apprehend and transport” request to have police take the patients into custody and immediate transport them back to the hospital.

Anyone with any information regarding these individuals is asked to contact Rampart Division detectives at 213-484-3440 or 213-484-3400. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). 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 www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips.”