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News Release

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Media Relations

Critical Missing Juvenile and Adult

**As was reported earlier, 19-year-old Jose Rodriguez was located at around 2:15 p.m. this afternoon. He was in good condition and was returned to his group home.

We regret to report that CHP Officers have notified LAPD's 77th Division Detectives that 15-year-old Dalvin Castillo was killed early this Sunday morning after being struck by several vehicles on the 110 Freeway near Manchester Avenue, at around 5:30 a.m. CHP Officers realized late Sunday evening that the unidentified victim from the freeway accident was in fact Dalvin after hearing the LAPD's missing person broadcast.**

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in locating 15-year-old Dalvin Castillo and 19-year-old Jose Rodriguez.

Dalvin and Jose were last seen at about 1:00 a.m., at their group home located at 1720 West 82nd Street. Caretakers believed that both Jose and Dalvin wandered off during the night through an open front gate.

Dalvin is a male Black, 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighs 140 pounds, and was wearing a white shirt and blue shorts. Dalvin has the mental capacity of a 2-year-old.

Jose is a male Hispanic, 6 feet tall, weighs 190 pounds and was wearing dark blue pajamas. Jose also has the mental capacity of a 2-year-old.

Anyone with their whereabouts is asked to contact Los Angeles Police Department, Missing Persons Unit, at 213-485-5381. During after hours and on weekends, phone the 24-hour toll free Detective Information Desk at 1-877-LAW-FULL (529-3855).

A photo of Dalvin and Jose is available by e-mail from Media Realtions Section.