The 27-year-old woman with autism whose disappearance triggered a Silver Alert from California Highway Patrol was found alive Wednesday not far from were she went missing the day before in West Los Angeles, police said.
Iesha Beaumont had vanished from the Pico-Roberston neighborhood of West L.A. on Tuesday, and authorities said she has the mental capacity of a 6-year-old and likely didn't know her way home.
Family members told Los Angeles Police Department investigators they last saw Beaumont at their home in the 1400 block of South Holt Avenue about 11 a.m.
Beaumont left through the kitchen door and hadn't been seen or heard from since.
‘It’s not something she does,” Beaumont’s mother Norrene Dennis said at a news conference Tuesday night.
“She has very little verbal ability … she doesn’t know her way home,” Dennis said.
CHP activated its alert system early Wednesday afternoon, sending a Silver Alert to numerous cellphones.
“Our concern for her is her mental capacity, as well as the low temperatures this evening,” LAPD Capt. Victor Davalos said during Tuesday's news conference.
Search dogs had initially detected Beaumont’s scent but lost it about six blocks from the home, Davalos said. “At this point we need the communities help as well,” he said.
Beaumont was believed to have her ID but did not have a cell phone, money or a bus pass. Investigators do not suspect foul play, Davalos said.
Dennis had asked for help from anyone that sees her daughter. “She gets very scared being alone,” she said.
Authorities could not provide any additional information about the circumstances or condition in which Beaumont was found Wednesday, LAPD Officer Tony Im said.
Anyone with information was asked to call the Police Department at 1-877-527-3247. Those who wish to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.