How Did Critically-Missing LA Seniors Get To Long Beach?
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A missing elderly couple from Hancock Park was found safe Tuesday night in Long Beach.
Angeles Alamario Alora, 94, and Lina Alora, 85, were last seen Monday at their residence in the 600 block of South Bronson Avenue.
Family members were very concerned about the couple because both are in need of medical care. Lina suffers from dementia, and Alamario suffers from diabetes, in addition to other conditions.
Neither of the Aloras drive, so how did they get to Long Beach?
CBS2’s Jeff Nguyen spoke to the couple’s grateful family for the answer.
“What’s her name? She says ‘I don’t know,” says daughter Erlinda about her mother’s dementia.
Meanwhile, her father she said was, “very exhausted. He says he’s very tired.”
The Aloras speak little English, had no money.
The couple’s family believes they took the blue line train to Long Beach.
They eventually got separated and — Mrs. Alora wandered over to Ana Cervantes’ home while the family was making dinner.
The young mother speaks no English but through hand gestures figured out the elderly woman needed help.
Through a translator, Cervantes told Nguyen, “It looked like she was lost. So we said why should we not give her food and give her water.”
Not only did the Cervantes family offer their food and water to a complete stranger – they realized she was cold so they gave her a sweater and socks.
They then called police to reunite her with her family.
The couple’s granddaughter, Erline Custodio, had set up of a Facebook page to help with the search.
Soon after KCAL9 reported about the couple Tuesday evening, reports from the Long Beach area started pouring in.
And soon after our reports last night – strangers reported sightings in Long Beach
“For me, it’s incredibly touching and really really overwhelming to know that so many people, that I don’t know, are willing to help,” said Custodio.
Soon after the KCAL9 report, the family learned Mrs. Alora was taken to St. Mary Medical Center.
Another good Samaritan had spotted Mr. Alora – and he was taken to Long Beach Community Hospital.
Mrs. Alora was so exhausted while Nguyen was interviewing family, he reports “she dozed off during our visit.”
Her family can also rest better, thanks to the kindness of strangers.
The Aloras immigrated from the Philippines 23 years ago, and had 12 children.