Police Seek Public’s Help After Possible Crime Witness Goes Missing
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Los Angeles City Councilman Bob Blumefield asked the public on Tuesday to keep an eye out for a 53-year-old Oxnard man, who was expected to meet a friend in Woodland Hills, but reportedly never arrived.
Ricardo “Rick” Rodriguez is believed to be the victim of a crime, or possibly a witness, Blumenfield said.
Rodriguez was last seen at about 7:30 p.m. on Friday night in Oxnard.
He was scheduled to meet a friend in Woodland Hills over the weekend, but never arrived, and was declared missing on Saturday.
“On behalf of his family and friends, we are asking for help from Ventura and Los Angeles County law enforcement and the public to find Mr. Rodriguez and get him home safely,” Blumenfield said.
Woodland Hills is included in the councilman’s San Fernando Valley area council district.
“We believe he may have information about a crime and could still be in the greater Los Angeles area,” he said. “His worried family waits anxiously for his return, and asks that he call home.”
Rodriguez was reportedly spotted driving a white Mitsubishi Lancer station wagon, with a California plate reading 5KBW229.
Authorities, meanwhile, believe he may have been near Tom Barber Golf Driving Range in Simi Valley on Friday night or Saturday morning.
Anyone who may have information is urged to call Oxnard Police Department Missing Persons at (805) 385-7646.