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Friday, July 3, 2009

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62-Year-Old Critical Missing - NR09313ab

July 10, 2009

On July 4, 2009, Ruth Franklin was located and returned home safely.  Her family was extremely grateful for the efforts of everyone responsible in finding her. “Words cannot express our gratitude for your diligence and professionalism in handling the report for my sister,” said Franklin’s sibling, Jo Franklin Glasco.  “I appreciate your interest, understanding and efforts and have the utmost respect for the LAPD.”

Los Angeles:
  The Franklin family and the Los Angeles Police Department requests the public’s assistance in locating 62-year-old Ruth Franklin who has been missing since July 1, 2009.

Ruth was last seen on July 1, 2009, at approximately 12:30 pm walking eastbound on Olympic Blvd towards La Brea Avenue. Ruth has been missing on a prior occasion and subsequently located in the Wilshire area of the City. It is believed that Ruth has identification on her person, but may not have the mental capacity to tell where she lives. Ruth is believed to be wearing a black jacket, green pants, grey sneakers, carrying a greenish stripped shoulder beach bag, and a black shoulder purse.

Ruth is described as female, African-American, 5’09”, 160 lbs, with blonde dreaded hair and light brown eyes. Ruth is believed to be suffering from Alzheimer and is presently taking medication.

Los Angeles Police Department, Detective Support and Vice Division, Missing Person’s Unit detectives are handling the investigation.  Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact detectives at 213-485-5381.  During off-hours, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (527-3247).  Callers may also text “Crimes” with a cell phone or log on to and click on Web tips.  When using a cell phone, all messages should begin with “LAPD.”  Tipsters may remain anonymous.