UPDATE: Missing Long Beach man, 79, found dead in Barstow Desert

UPDATE | The remains of Douglas Clifford Grant, 79, were found in the Barstow Desert on Tuesday, Aug. 7, Long Beach police announced today.

Grant’s remains were found on Aug. 7, but were not identified until Aug. 18, according to LBPD spokesperson Arantxa Chavarria.

The official cause of death will be determined by the San Bernardino County Coroner’s office.

PREVIOUSLY: Police seek public’s help finding 79-year-old man

8/8/18 at 5:31 p.m. | Long Beach police on Wednesday asked for help finding an elderly man whose car was found abandoned on a freeway last month.

Douglas Clifford Grant, 79, was last seen on July 19 by family members at about 7 a.m. in the 3000 block of Golden Avenue, police said.

On July 24, Grant’s family members received a notification from CHP indicating that his car, a Tan, 2008 Toyota pickup had been towed after being abandoned on the westbound I-40 FWY—a major highway starting in Barstow—between mile markers 42 and 43, police stated.

“There has been no activity with any of his bank cards nor his cell phone since he left his residence,” police said.

A description of the victim was provided by police:

Age: 79 years
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White
Height: 6’0
Weight: 185 lbs.
Hair: White
Eyes: Blue
Clothing: Unknown
Scars/Marks/Tattoos: Fish tattoo on left arm

Anyone who sees the victim or has information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Long Beach Police Department at 562-435-6711 or 9-1-1. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the “P3 Tips” app to your smart phone or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.

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Asia Morris has been with the Long Beach Post for five years, specializing in coverage of the arts. Her parents gave her the name because they wanted her to be a world traveler and they got their wish. She has obliged by pursuing art, journalism and a second career as a competitive cyclist.
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