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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

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Missing Elderly Woman in Need of Medical Care NR13481sm


November 7, 2013

Bernice Branch was found today at a local hospital and she is in good condition. She was last seen on October 31st, 2013, around 12:00 p.m.

Los Angeles:
The family of Bernice Branch and the Los Angeles Police Department’s Missing Persons Unit are asking for the public’s help in locating her.

On October 10, 2013, around 12:00 p.m., Branch was last seen in the 2400 block of Virginia Road in the City of Los Angeles.  Branch suffers from a medical condition, and is in need of ongoing medical care.

Branch is described as a 76-year-old African American female with brown hair and brown eyes.  She is 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs approximately 115 pounds.  She was last seen wearing a black jacket, blue pants and open toe shoes.

Anyone with information on Bernice Branch’s whereabouts is asked to contact the LAPD Missing Persons Unit at (213) 996-1800.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (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, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.