UPDATE: Missing 79-year-old Long Beach woman with medical conditions found safe

UPDATE | Omar Castro said his mother, Maria Luna, was located unharmed Friday morning in the Long Beach area of Orizaba Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway, about a half-mile away from home.

PREVIOUSLY: Family asks for public’s help finding missing 79-year-old mother with medical conditions

A Long Beach family is asking for the public’s help finding their 79-year-old mother with medical conditions who wandered off during a walk with her son near the city’s Zaferia neighborhood.

Maria Luna was last seen at around 11:30 a.m. today walking northbound on Temple Avenue off 14th Street with her son Alex Castro. He was walking slightly ahead of his mother when he realized she was no longer following him.

Since then, Omar Castro, another son, and his family have been searching relentlessly for her.

“We are hanging in as best as we can,” Castro said. “We don’t know where she might head.”

Luna suffers from the early stages of dementia and may be in need of medication for her heart condition, Castro said.

Due to her medical conditions, Luna doesn’t go out much at this stage in her life, Castro said. But when she does, she frequents the laundromat, local convenience stores or goes on walks with her sons.

Luna is Hispanic, 5 feet, 4 inches tall, 140 to 150 pounds, with black shoulder-length hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a light-colored shirt and blue jeans, Castro said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the missing persons detail at 562-570-7246 or police dispatch at 562-435-6711.

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Fernando Haro is the Long Beach Post's breaking news and public safety reporter.
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