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Alzheimer’s patient walks out of Costa Mesa care home, police asking for public’s aid in search

Thor Wahlgren, 60, reportedly walked out of the Costa Mesa care facility Thursday morning and never returned.
Thor Wahlgren, 60, reportedly walked out of the Costa Mesa care facility where he was staying Thursday morning and never returned, Costa Mesa police officials reported.
(Courtesy of the Costa Mesa Police Department)

The Costa Mesa Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating a 60-year-old man suffering from Alzheimer’s disease who walked out of a care facility on the 100 block of 18th Street at 8:45 a.m. and never returned.

Thor Wahlgren, 60, is described as a white man approximately 6 feet tall and weighing around 150 pounds. He has curly black hair, blue eyes and was last seen wearing a red and black short-sleeved shirt and brown pants.

He reportedly has dementia and has a slightly hunched back. According to a police report issued Thursday morning, Wahlgren is not thought to have a cellphone in his possession.

An employee at the facility where Wahlgren had been staying, Cross Creek Cottages, confirmed Thursday afternoon that, more than five hours after his departure, the patient had still not been located.

Costa Mesa police officers are actively looking for Wahlgren. Anyone who may have seen the missing man or who may have information regarding his location is asked to call (714) 754-5252.

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