A 68-year-old man diagnosed with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease was reported missing after last being seen in Palmdale Wednesday.

Cirilo Ortega was last seen about 9:45 a.m. in the 37800 block of 19th Street East, between East Avenue R and East Avenue S, according to the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.

Ortega is Hispanic, 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds, with short white hair, brown eyes and missing front teeth. He was last seen wearing a gray long sleeve shirt, blue jeans and black shoes, and may have been heading to the area of 20th Street East and Palmdale Boulevard.

Anyone with information on Ortega’s whereabouts was asked to contact 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.

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