Relatives Want to Find Man with Severe Dementia Missing for More Than 2 Weeks

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November 21, 2019 - 1:47 pm
 a man with severe dementia missing for two weeks
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Loved ones say a man with severe dementia has been missing for more than two weeks since CHP officers allegedly dumped him in Torrance.

Sixty-two-year-old Douglas James has been missing for more than two weeks.

Family is asking anyone who see Douglas to call 909-243-6368.

An attorney working with his family says on November 5 CHP officers arrested the man's twin brother, Donald James, on suspicion of DUI and impounded his car.

Douglas and their dog, Teddy Bear, were with him.

Donald says the officers assured him they would take Douglas to the home he shares with his brother in South LA.

"I explained to them very clearly that my brother had old-time dementia and I asked them to please take him home and they said they would. And they didn't," Donald said.

Donald says he was later told the officers dropped Douglas and the dog off somewhere in Torrance.

He was given three different locations.

Missing Man with Severe Dementia

"I went looking all that night and the next morning and next day, and I've been looking up until this day. I've been all downtown on Skid Row showing pictures of him and everything," Donald said.

The dog was found in Wilmington. The family has filed a missing person report with the LAPD. 

The CHP says in a statement consistent with agency policy, "the officers drove Douglas James...and his dog to a safe public place...a Carl’s Jr." in LA.

"Douglas James communicated with the officers freely and logically and exhibited no indication he was unable to care for himself."

The statement from CHP’s South Los Angeles Area said, 

 "The CHP has become aware of recent statements that Douglas James suffers from dementia.  It is our understanding Douglas James communicated with the officers freely and logically and exhibited no indication he was unable to care for himself.  However, in light of these recent statements we are reviewing the actions of the officers involved in this incident.  Additionally, the CHP is continuing to assist in any way we can to help locate Douglas James."

The CHP says after learning Douglas James has dementia, it's "reviewing the actions of the officers" and will help "in any way" it can find him.