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Missing Orange County professor found in South Los Angeles

November 12, 2011 |  7:40 pm

An Orange County English professor who has been missing since August was found Friday night, a family member said.

Amy Ahearn, 40, of Lake Forest was discovered by the Los Angeles Police Department in South Los Angeles and was being evaluated, said her sister, Marjorie Ahearn.

Marjorie Ahern said she was told by authorities that her younger sister did not appear to be physically injured. No other details were available on her condition Saturday night.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department could not immediately be reached for comment. An LAPD spokeswoman said the department would not comment on another agency’s missing persons case.

The Saddleback College professor was reported missing after she did not show up for classes when the semester started Aug. 22. Her family said she may suffer from a degenerative brain disease, Huntington’s, which runs in the family.

Ahearn’s family, from Illinois, hired a private investigator and organized search parties in an effort to locate her.

She was last seen in mid-September in Norwalk, when she was taken in by a family who found her on the street in front of their home, but wandered off the next day.

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