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Newport Beach Doctor, 71, Reported Missing After Checking Into Tucson Mental Health Facility

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NEWPORT BEACH (CBS) — A 71-year-old Newport Beach doctor is missing after checking himself into a mental health facility in Tucson, according to authorities.

Dr. Kenneth Litwack, a specialist in infectious diseases and internal medicine, has been missing since last Friday.

Family and friends say he sometimes has bouts of confusion. A missing-persons bulletin says they believe he “likely wandered off.”

Litwack, who has gray hair and wears glasses, was last seen wearing a white polo shirt with blue athletic pants.  Litwack is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds.

He and his wife Louise, a home appraiser, maintain a residence in Corona del Mar.

Litwack’s wife told Stacey Butler, reporting for KCAL9 and CBS2, that her husband was seeking treatment for sleep medication.

Litwack’s son-in-law, Cory Harrison, told a Tucson TV station that the family is hopeful but “it’s tough, it’s tough. Just trying to stay positive and strong and hope for the best.”

Dr. Litwack graduated from the University of California, School of Medicine in 1964. He interned at UCLA Med Center and completed his residency at Usphs Hospital in San Francisco in 1967. He returned to UCLA Med Center and completed his fellowship in 1969.

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