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Disappearance of Newport Beach doctor 'complete mystery'

August 20, 2011 | 10:13 am

Kenneth Litwack

Friends and family of a Newport Beach doctor said his disappearance in Arizona is a mystery.

Dr. Kenneth Litwack, 71, an infectious disease physician, checked into the Sierra Tucson treatment center about 3 p.m. Aug. 12, and went missing from the facility Tuesday afternoon, said Litwack's wife, Louise Litwack.

His disappearance is a "complete mystery. That's why everyone is so concerned," family friend Ben Sheffner told the Daily Pilot.

Louise Litwack said a search for her husband using dogs began about 6 a.m. Friday.

Clinic personnel called Louise Litwack on Tuesday afternoon to say that her husband hadn't been seen for at least an hour. Workers informed her that Litwack had left behind all his personal possessions, including his wallet and watch, but noted that an American Express card was missing.

Litwack was being treated for chronic pain he had as a result of foot neuropathy, although it did not affect his ability to walk, Louise Litwack said.

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-- Lauren Williams, Times Community News

Photo: Dr. Kenneth Litwack. Credit: Times Community News

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