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Superior Court judge found safe in Carson, police say

June 19, 2012 |  7:39 am

Linda Kay LefkowitzA 71-year-old L.A. County Superior Court judge was found safe several hours after she was reported missing from her Pacific Palisades home, officials said Tuesday.

Los Angeles police say Linda Kay Lefkowitz, a judge at the Santa Monica courthouse, was located around 11:30 p.m. Monday in Carson in good health.

Lefkowitz called police and told them she was lost, according to KTLA News. Prior to the call, Lefkowitz was last seen around 8:30 a.m. Monday at her home.

The station reports the judge’s family became concerned when she didn't return home as usual after work and could not be contacted. Lefkowitz's daughter, Terri Chapman, told KTLA her mother had been undergoing chemotherapy after being diagnosed with breast cancer and that she seemed scattered on Sunday.

Lefkowitz told police she was not suffering from dementia or any other age-related disease, according to KTLA. She said she stopped to call for help rather than driving through what she called “a bad part of town,” KTLA reported.


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Photo: Linda Kay Lefkowitz. Credit: LAPD