UPDATE | The 63-year-old Carson resident who was transferred from Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood to a Long Beach living facility on May 19 has been found, according to his sister, Deloris Farmer.
Andrew Farmer was reported missing on Friday, May 20, after suffering a seizure and brief hospitalization. He was found by a bank teller at a Wells Fargo in Inglewood (at the corner of Imperial Highway and Crenshaw Boulevard), said Farmer. A sighting of him in the area of Bellflower and was reported on Sunday, May 22 by a Long Beach pastor.
“I experienced every range of emotion—we have laughed, we have cried,” said Farmer. “My mother is almost 90—this has been very hard on her.”
Farmer said she was on the phone with the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) when the teller at the Wells Fargo called her, at approximately 10:50AM. Andrew Farmer had given him his name, in search of money, and an alert appeared on the computer system naming him as a missing person.
She said Andrew Farmer’s brief moment of coherence in offering the bank teller his real name was the reason he was ultimately found, after being turned away from the same bank before for not remembering any of his personal information.
“I had put an alert on his account,” said Farmer. “I knew all he needed was a glimmer of life.”
She was overjoyed to find him, almost two weeks after he was first reported missing.
“The detective was on the phone when I had confirmed it was Andrew,” said Farmer. “He was like, 'Don’t get a speeding ticket!'”
Andrew Farmer had been reported by concerned residents multiple times since the Post wrote about his status as a missing person, said Farmer. She was certain a few of those instances were him, and that he had been managing to take the bus and the blue line undetected, without paying, explaining his ability to traverse many miles.
Andrew Farmer had been living in Long Beach since January, said Farmer. She had arranged for his relocation from Northern California, where he underwent brain surgery, so he could be closer to family.
According to Farmer, Andrew Farmer’s seizures were usually so severe he’d be hospitalized for at least a day and a half. She said this was why she was puzzled that the Ronald Reagan Medical Center insisted he was coherent enough for release, and transported him to what she later discovered was a sober living facility.
It was the first time Andrew Farmer had been hospitalized in that facility and the first time he had been released so quickly, given the severity of his seizure and mental condition.
Farmer said when they found him, he had lost weight, and insisted he’d found a place to stay when he had been dropped off. However, Farmer said Andrew Farmer had no money on him, disputing that possibility. Although his appearance was gaunt, unshaven and dirty, Farmer said her entire family was relieved that he appeared unharmed.
She said she and her mother drove from their Carson home to the bank to pick him up this morning, and they couldn’t drive fast enough.
“You’re kind of in dismay, you’re looking at how bad he looks, but so happy to see him it doesn’t matter,” said Farmer of her reunion with her brother.
PREVIOUSLY: 63-Year-Old Man Transported to Long Beach Care Facility Now Missing
On 05/26/2016 at 1:45PM | A 63-year-old man receiving medical attention at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood for seizures on Thursday, May 19 is now missing, shortly after he was reportedly transferred to a living facility in Long Beach, his family told the Post today.
The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) confirmed that Andrew Lamont Farmer was reported missing by his family on May 20, 2016 around 5:08PM. According to police, Andrew Farmer was last seen in Los Angeles, and his missing criteria does not place him in the critical missing category.
However, “as with all missing persons cases they are considered serious and followed up on,” said LBPD’s Bradley Johnson. “I can confirm he is listed as a missing person.”
According to Deloris Farmer, Andrew Farmer’s sister, Andrew Farmer had been transported to the Westwood medical facility after suffering a seizure earlier in the day. Andrew Farmer had a history of seizures and suffers from mental illness that requires medication, Farmer said.
Farmer said the hospital requested she pick him up, but she was busy taking care of her mother at her home in Carson, for whom she is a permanent caregiver. The hospital reportedly released him at 9:10PM and sent him via taxi to a living facility, to which he had arrived before, in Long Beach at 1012 Locust Avenue. The taxi driver dropped him off, but the man at the home said he stayed up until 1:00AM that night waiting for Andrew Farmer. He never arrived.
Farmer said Andrew Farmer has a scar across his head (the result of a brain tumor surgery performed years ago, which left communication difficult for him), is missing the tip of his index finger and is 5’7” inches and around 130 pounds. He was released wearing navy blue sweats and a navy blue t-shirt, said Farmer.
“He doesn’t have a license, and he is hard of hearing,” said Farmer. “He’s easygoing, but you can tell he gets easily frustrated when he is trying to get his point across. He knows what he wants to say, but he can’t always say it.”
A Long Beach minister said she saw a man who matched Farmer’s description on Sunday, May 22 around 1:30PM at Bellflower and Ramona Boulevard.
“Her description makes us pretty sure it was him,” said Farmer. “What is significant is that she described his [complexion] as being ‘grayish,’ which indicates he’s not taking his meds or drinking water. She described him as looking confused as to which way he was going to go.”
Andrew Farmer spent over a decade living in Northern California, and doesn’t know his way around Los Angeles County, according to Farmer. She said he may say he is trying to return to Madera or Carson, and has sat less than a block away from her home before for hours because he couldn’t find his way back.
Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call Deloris Farmer at 310.628.7415, 323.839.9938, the LBPD Dispatch at 562. 435.6711 or the Missing Persons Detail at 562.570.7246.