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Police search for missing 88-year-old diabetic man

September 22, 2011 |  8:08 am

Melvin Gelfand Authorities continued to search Thursday for an 88-year-old diabetic man who disappeared from his Los Angeles home a week ago.

Melvin Gelfand was last seen about 8 a.m. Sept. 14 at his home in the 2900 block of Tilden Avenue.

Initially, investigators thought Gelfand had boarded a bus at 120th Street and Crenshaw Boulevard bound for Valley View Casino in San Diego, but according to an LAPD statement there are no records of him boarding the bus or using his player’s card at the casino.

In addition to diabetes, Gelfand suffers from high blood pressure. According to police, his family said it is out of character for him to leave without notifying them.

Gelfand is described as white, about 5-feet-7 and 146 pounds with thinning gray hair. He was last seen wearing black pants, a beige plaid shirt, a black Members Only jacket and a beige hat. He may be driving a 2007 four-door gray Toyota Camry with California license plate number 5UPW238.

Police are asking that anyone with information to contact the LAPD missing persons unit at (213) 996-1800 and (877) LAPD-24-7 during non-business hours and weekends.

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Photo: Melvin Gelfand. Credit: Los Angeles Police Department.

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