Police Ask for Public's Help in Identifying 'Gravely Disabled' Woman

The woman was hospitalized after she was found disoriented in a Monrovia restaurant and police and medical staff have been unable to communicate with her or identify her.

Police and doctors have been unable to identify a woman who was found disoriented at a Monrovia restaurant last month and are asking for the public's help in figuring out who she is.

The woman was transported to a mental hospital on Apr. 24 after police officers found her behaving erratically at the restaurant on Foothill Boulevard and Myrtle Avenue. She knows a small amount of English but has given multiple names and authorities have had no luck determining her identity, Monrovia Police Lt. Nels Ortlund said.

"Normally the hospital and its staff have a means to identify people but they haven't been able to do that," Ortlund said. "We're at a dead end. We've done everything that we know how to do."

Police have not been able to determine the first language of the woman, who is of Asian descent. They even sent nuns who speak multiple Asian dialects down to the hospital to try and communicate with her but the efforts proved unsuccessful, Ortlund said.

The woman is believed to be between 50 and 60 years old. She has brown hair and brown eyes and weighs about 100 pounds. She has a noticeable birthmark on the left side of her nose that is not visible in the picture accompanying this story, Ortlund said. A flyer made by police describes her as "gravely disabled."

Police have asked anyone who may know this woman to contact the department at 626-256-8000.

Elizabeth Chase May 14, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Is there an update on this story? I'm happy to see the dots getting connected in identifying her, but what's her condition? Is she still in the hospital?
Tukumek Young May 15, 2012 at 01:48 AM
did you call the police ? if not do , wonder if she speaks inuit , alaska, canadian inuit , greenlandic inuit and have you contacted social services for disable persons .
Tukumek Young May 15, 2012 at 01:53 AM
you don`t say mental health issues without knowing , she must be in pain and hungry and feel lost of not having a home , people like you are the ones that are odd and ignorant of people that need help , you may end that way , no one ever knows .
Gayle M. Montgomery May 15, 2012 at 05:12 AM
Tukumek, some of us know more about mental health than a simple post in a blog can convey. Some of us have championed the cause of mental health repeatedly. So while I understand why you might rush to judgment, I have seen her behavior and it is far from the norm. I am not putting her down. I am glad that she seems to have gotten some help. If you only had some idea just how much some of us do to help those in an unfortunate place. I head an organization on a volunteer basis that provides small grants to nonprofits. Two in the last six months are for the homeless, one of which I personally screened and championed. This woman, for whatever reason appears to be unwell. This could be as a result of being seemingly homeless or it coukd be that she is homeless because she is unwell and in need of medication. Whichever, I hope she is getting help and medication if needed.
Jen Havens May 15, 2012 at 12:14 PM
I spoke with Brian yesterday and he assured me this woman is not his friend, Cindy. I sincerely hope for peace for the woman going through this difficult experience. Truly heartbreaking.


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