UPDATE: 72-year-old who didn’t return from walk found safe

Editor’s note: Police said around 11:45 a.m. that Maiava had been found safe in Carson and reunited with her family.

Police have asked for help finding a 72-year-old who didn’t come home after going for a walk Sunday evening.

Janet Leinaala Maiava was last seen by her family around 6 p.m. as she left her home in the 6700 block of Delta Avenue, according to the LBPD. Maiava sometimes takes walks by herself, but she always returns soon after, police said. This time, she hasn’t returned or contacted her family since leaving, according to the LBPD.

Janet Leinaala Maiava. Photo courtesy Long Beach police.

Maiava, also suffers from unspecified medical conditions that could cause her to be disoriented, police said.

She was wearing a pink-and-white Hawaiian dress or a pink blouse with a flower print and black slacks when she disappeared, police said. Maiava is 5-foot-6, 195 pounds with black-and-gray hair and black eyes.

Investigators think she may have been headed to the 700 block of E. Artesia Boulevard in Long Beach or the 700 block of S. Euclid Street in Fullerton.

They asked anyone who sees her to call investigators at 562-570-7246 or police dispatch at 562-435-6711

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Jeremiah Dobruck is the breaking news editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his journalism career in 2007 as an intern at Palos Verdes Peninsula News and has worked for The Forum Newsgroup in New York City, the Daily Pilot and the Press-Telegram. He lives in Torrance with his wife, Lindsey, and their two young children, Paul and Simon.
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