UPDATE: Police found man who went missing after leaving St. Mary’s in wheelchair • Long Beach Post

Gustavo Sanchez.

Editor’s note: Police announced on Twitter that Sanchez was found at approximately 11:25 a.m. Wednesday at 1st Street and Atlantic Avenue when a person called and said they thought they saw him. 


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Long Beach police are asking for the public’s help finding a missing 65-year-old man who suffers from medical conditions, may become disoriented and requires medication, authorities said Wednesday.

Gustavo Sanchez was last seen on security camera footage shortly after 4 p.m. Tuesday as he was leaving St. Mary Medical Center in a wheelchair. He had been taken there for treatment earlier the same day from his full-time care facility in Bluff Heights.

He was last seen traveling east on 11th Street towards Atlantic Avenue, authorities said. Sanchez is not familiar with the area around St. Mary’s, which is a little over two miles away from his home facility.

Sanchez is described as Hispanic, 5-foot-6, 180 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He was wearing a dark blue sweater, jeans, black Nike shoes, police said. He has a pinkie finger that was partially amputated, they said.

Police have alerted local hospitals, area law enforcement and public transportation agencies.

Anyone who sees Sanchez or has information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Long Beach Police Department at 562-435-6711 or 911.

Valerie Osier is a breaking news reporter for the Long Beach Post. Reach her at [email protected] or on Twitter @ValerieOsier

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