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UPDATED: Alzheimer’s patient found alive

Taken to hospital; condition unknown

Posted: March 4, 2010 10:26 p.m.
Updated: March 5, 2010 11:30 a.m.

Humberto Lara, 65, suffers from Alzheimer's disease and went missing from his home on Sandy Drive in Canyon Country on Thursday morning. He was found early Friday morning.

UPDATED Friday morning, March 5:
A missing Newhall man who suffers from Alzheimer's disease and was a recent brain surgery patient was found alive by a patrol deputy at 1:36 this morning in a hillside ravine near Sierra Highway and the Highway 14 freeway, according to Sgt. Darren Harris of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

Humberto Lara, 65, was transported to a local area hospital for treatment. His condition was not immediately available, according to Harris. 

The dog that was with Lara when he disappeared early Thursday morning had returned home on its own without the owner earlier in the night, Harris said.

Original post, Thursday, March 4:
Sheriff's deputies reported an elderly Canyon Country man suffering from Alzheimer's disease went missing from his home on Sandy Drive early Thursday morning.

Humberto Lara, 65, was wearing dark-blue pajamas with a green frog pattern when last seen. He has gone missing twice before, authorities said - once earlier this year in Santa Clarita, and once in his native country.

Lara is described as Hispanic with black hair, brown eyes, 5-foot-5 inches tall and weighing 130 pounds.

"Family members believe he left in the early morning hours to walk the dog," said Sgt. Gary Parker of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

The family dog is believed to be a German shepherd, Parker said. Lara speaks Spanish, Parker said.

Anyone who spots Lara can call the Sheriff's station at (661) 255-1121.


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