UPDATE: Schizophrenic woman found safe after going missing from Lakewood 

Editor’s note: Authorities said Friday morning that Merola was found safe.

A 38-year-old Lakewood woman who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia went missing this week, according to authorities.

Tasha June Merola was last seen at 6:15 a.m. Wednesday at her home in the 6200 block of Cardale Street, according to Deputy Erin Liu of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Tasha Merola. Courtesy the LASD.

“She suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, and family members are very concerned,” the sheriff’s department said in a statement.

Merola is white, 5-foot-6 and 150 pounds with short wavy brown hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a white and blue hooded sweatshirt and light blue pajama pants with a bear pattern, Liu said.

Anyone with information on Merola’s whereabouts was asked to call Sgt. Mike Rodriguez or Detectives Tamar Abraham or Matt Pereida of the sheriff’s Missing Persons Unit at 323-890-5500 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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