A 64-year-old at-risk woman who uses a walker and who authorities say has Alzheimer’s disease was reported missing Friday after she was last seen in the unincorporated area of Athens in South Los Angeles.
Rita Samayoa was last seen at approximately 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the 89 block of Vermont Avenue, according to the California Highway Patrol, which issued a Silver Alert on behalf of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Samayoa is Latina, 5 feet tall, weighs 140 pounds, has white hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a red and black robe, blue pants and a white hat. Samayoa is believed to be on foot.
Anyone who sees Samayoa or knows of her whereabouts was asked to call the Sheriff’s Missing Persons Unit at 323-890-5500. Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submitted online at lacrimestoppers.org.
The Silver Alert program was established by the CHP to issue and coordinate alerts involving the unexplained or suspicious disappearance of elderly, developmentally disabled or cognitively impaired individuals.