8-year-old boy helps find missing 83-year-old in Lakewood

An 8-year-old boy was honored Wednesday by the sheriff’s Lakewood Station and Lakewood city officials for finding a missing 83-year-old man who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.

Roger Dunworth left his residence in the 4000 block of Marber Avenue in Lakewood about 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, according to Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.

While authorities were searching for Dunworth, a neighborhood search team was quickly formed which included 8-year-old Jaxon Opdyke and his grandmother and mother, Navarro-Suarez said.

Lakewood Boy Spots 83 y/o Missing Person During Search, Helps Project Lifesaver MET Deputies Reunite with Family

Lakewood Boy Spots 83 y/o Missing Person During Search, Helps Project Lifesaver MET Deputies Reunite with FamilyToday, Lakewood Sheriff’s Station personnel and city of Lakewood officials joined 8 year-old Jaxon and his family to talk about the details surrounding how Jaxon spotted 83 year-old missing person Roger Dunworth during a neighborhood search.Jaxon was also presented with gifts of appreciation by LASD MET personnel and the city of Lakewood for his help in finding Mr. Dunworth.City of Lakewood Mayor Todd Rogers stated, “One of our dearest held values is neighbors helping neighbors. People stepping up to help their fellow resident here in the city of Lakewood.” Mayor Rogers then thanked Jaxon “for being Lakewood’s newest hero.”Lakewood Station Captain David Sprengel praised Jaxon and said, “Today we celebrate Jaxon Opdyke, our eight year-old hero from Lakewood,” before presenting Jaxon with the Lakewood Station pin which is just like the one Lakewood deputies wear.“Look! Down that street,” said Jaxon after spotting a person fitting the description of Mr. Dunworth. Once Jaxon and his family got closer, Jaxon’s grandmother asked, “Hey, are you Roger?” Mr. Dunworth replied, “Yeah, I could sure use a ride!”Mr. Dunsworth was then brought home safely.

Posted by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Opdyke spotted Dunworth about an hour into the search.

“Look! Down that street,” Opdyke said when he saw a man who fit Dunworth’s description. His grandmother asked the man if he was Roger Dunworth, and Dunworth replied, “Yeah, I could sure use a ride,” Opdyke recalled.

Dunworth, who was unharmed, was reunited with his family, according toNavarro-Suarez.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Lakewood Station honored Jaxon Wednesday with a sticker badge and made him a “deputy for the day” for his good work finding Dunworth, Navarro-Suarez said.

Lakewood Mayor Todd Rogers thanked Jaxon “for being Lakewood’s newest hero.”

“One of our dearest held values is neighbors helping neighbors,” he said.

Support our journalism.

Hyperlocal news is an essential force in our democracy, but it costs money to keep an organization like this one alive, and we can’t rely on advertiser support alone. That’s why we’re asking readers like you to support our independent, fact-based journalism. We know you like it—that’s why you’re here. Help us keep hyperlocal news alive in Long Beach.