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Mentally ill teen missing after being released from O.C. jail

February 20, 2012 |  2:45 pm

Matt Hoff is missing and his family has appealed for help in finding him
An Orange County teen who suffers from severe mental illness has been missing since his release from jail last week, and his family is now appealing for help finding him.

Matt Hoff, 18, was released at 4 a.m. Friday; and his parents, in a Facebook posting, said they did not become aware he had been let out for nearly 12 hours.

Hoff, who has suffered from severe psychiatric illness since he was 5, recently “aged out” of a children's mental health residential program, KTLA reported.

In a Facebook page devoted to locating the youth, Hoff’s parents pleaded, “Matthew we miss you please call home.”

“We need your help to locate him so his father and I can try to reason with, tell him how much he is loved by his family, tell him that his little brothers ask for him every night. We need an opportunity to just talk with him and let him know we are here to help in any way we can.”

The teen’s parents said in the posting that Hoff was “transitioned” from the state treatment facility to the care of Orange County Mental Health Services last May.

“His illness has gotten rapidly worse since he turned 18,” his parents said.

Hoff's family said he has been on the streets since he got out of the residential facility but usually called home several times a day. He is described as being about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing about 140 pounds. He has a tattoo of a Smurf character on his right forearm.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Orange County Department of Behavioral Health at (714) 517-6353 or his parents at (714) 759-4357.

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Photo: Matt Hoff. Credit: Family photo