NEWPORT BEACH (CBS) — The search continued Saturday for a Newport Beach doctor who disappeared from a mental health and rehabilitation center in Arizona, sheriff’s officials said.

Dr. Ken Litwack, 71, checked himself into the Sierra Tucson Rehabilitation Center Aug. 12 and was last seen around 1 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Department.

Family members told sheriff’s officials that Litwack, an infectious disease physician, suffers from bouts of confusion and likely wandered off.

Litwack’s wife told the Los Angeles Times that clinic employees told her Litwack had left all his personal belongings behind, wallet and watch included, but an American Express card was missing.

Mrs. Litwack told CBS2’s Stacey Butler Friday that her husband had recently had a foot injury and that he couldn’t sleep and she believed her husband was dealing with the aftermath of being disoriented from his sleep medication.

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Comments (5)
  1. Cantor Arië Shikler says:

    Please keep the story alive in your news
    A 10000 dollar award has been offered to any information leading to his whereabouts.
    He has been seen last night by a homeless lady at the corner of Irvington and Palo Verde this doctor has saved many lives in his career, let’s do all we can to save his!

  2. Rick S says:

    Please contact all your Tucson connections and ask them to talk to the media. The spotlight is the best chance for us to find Dr. L…one of the great guys of the universe. Please call the local AZ stations and have them run the story.

  3. Marianne Wunderlich says:

    Dr. Kenneth Litwack is a remarkable doctor. He has taken care of my family’s needs for a total of 32 years. Please keep the story active in the news. We must find him – he has given so much to the community with his caring way and expertise.

  4. Carole says:

    Kenny Litwack helped save my life 31 years ago. He was a loving man to his
    patients, always there to be of help. I am shocked and saddened by his death.
    My deepest sympathies to his wife and the entire family.

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