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News Release

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

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Missing Man Said He Would Be Right Back


LAPD’s Missing Person Unit detectives say On Aug 1, Patterson returned to his home in decent health after living on the streets for over two months.

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department and a local family are seeking the public’s help in finding a 54-year-old African American man who left his Los Angeles home shortly after telling family members he was stepping out and would “be right back.”

Vernon Patterson was last seen on January 18, 2010, at around 8 a.m., leaving the 4000 block of Muirfield Road in the LAPD’s Southwest Area.  Since then, he hasn’t contacted his family.  His physical description is as follows: black hair, brown eyes, 5 feet 6 inches tall, about 100 pounds.

Anyone who may have seen Patterson or has information on his location is urged to call LAPD Missing Persons Unit Detective Merrill at 213-996-1800. During non-business hours or weekends, calls may be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.  Those wishing to remain anonymous may 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 key pads) using a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters can also go to, click on “web tips” and follow the prompts.