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Public’s help sought in locating dementia patient missing since October

Armando Alaniz, 62-year-old man with dementia, has not been seen since Oct. 20 after leaving his Burbank assisted living facility. This is the third time he has gone missing, according to police.
Armando Alaniz, a 62-year-old man with dementia, has not been seen since Oct. 20 after leaving his Burbank assisted-living facility. This is the third time he has gone missing, according to police.
(Courtesy of the Burbank Police Department)

A 62-year-old man with dementia has been missing from his assisted-living facility since last month, and Burbank police are asking for the public’s help in finding him.

Armando Alaniz was last seen leaving the Le Bleu Chateau Gold facility sometime before 9 p.m. on Oct. 20.

This is the third time that Alaniz, who is also a diabetic, has gone missing from the facility.

Sgt. Derek Green with the Burbank Police Department said the previous instances happened in August — two weeks apart.

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“The last time it happened, a citizen actually saw him on the perimeter of the Burbank airport looking for recyclables,” he said.

It’s believed that Alaniz was wearing an alarm bracelet at the time of his most recent disappearance that was meant to alert the facility’s staff if he left the grounds, according to Green. However, it failed to go off.

Alaniz is described as being 5 feet 5, 120 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a gray long-sleeve shirt with matching sweatpants.

Green said he wasn’t carrying any form of identification or a cellphone when he left the facility. He also has no known family in the area.

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Anyone with information about his location is asked to call Burbank police at (818) 238-3000.

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