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‘Good Samaritan’ Sought After Man Left at Panorama City Hospital Dies

Police asked the public for help Thursday in their search for a “Good Samaritan” who dropped off a man at a Panorama City hospital.

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Police asked for help in finding the man who dropped off his friend at a Panorama City hospital. (Credit: Los Angeles Police Department)

Surveillance video from the Kaiser Hospital at 13652 Cantara St. showed a man carrying 19-year-old Ricardo Saija into the emergency room on Jan. 31, at about 1:50 a.m.

Saija, of North Hollywood, was pronounced dead at the hospital, according to a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department.

Authorities would like to talk to the man who dropped off Saija, according to the release.

“The Good Samaritan is not a suspect,” Det. Gretchen Schultz, who works at LAPD’s Mission Police Station, said in a news release. “We know the helpful friend was distraught over Ricardo’s situation, but he left the hospital without identifying himself.”

No official cause of death had been determined, but detectives said evidence points to a possible drug overdose, according to the release.

“The autopsy will tell us more, but in the meantime, we’d like to know what Ricardo was up to prior to his collapse, and his friend might be able to tell us that,” Schultz said.

Saija’s family recognized the friend in the video but did not know his name, police said.

He was described as a Hispanic man with a medium build and short hair.

The men arrived at the hospital in a four-door, American-made car with several other occupants.

Anyone with information was urged to call Det. Schultz at 818-838-9951.

Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 (800-222-TIPS).

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