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Friday, January 22, 2010

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72-Year-old Sun Valley Woman Missing NR10032F

On Wednesday, March 3, 2010, detectives from the LAPD's Missing Persons Unit received information that Ms. Maria Angelica Ruiz Alegria has been located, is safe and in good health. 

Los Angeles:
  The family of Maria Angelica Ruiz Alegria, missing person, and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) are requesting the public’s help in locating the 72-year-old woman who went missing eight days ago.

Maria Angelica Ruiz Alegria, was last seen on Thursday, January 14, 2010, at approximately 8:00 a.m., in the area of 10100 block of Bromont Avenue, Sun Valley.  Due to multiple medical conditions, the family is concerned for her safety and reaching out to the public for help.

Maria Angelica Ruiz Alegria is described as a female Hispanic with brown hair, brown eyes, 5’2”-5’5” tall and weighs approximately 130 pounds.  She walks with a cane and speaks only Spanish.  She may be going under either the last name of “Ruiz” or “Alegria.”

If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Maria Angelica Ruiz Alegria, please contact Detective Ciuffetelli, LAPD Missing Persons Unit, at 213-996-1800. During non-business hours, call 1-877-LAPD-24-7.  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call Crimestoppers at 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).  Tipsters may contact Crimestoppers by texting the 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.