LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Authorities asked for the public’s help Tuesday in locating a 70-year-old man who went missing after getting off an international flight at Los Angeles International Airport.
Evergreen International Airlines confirmed to CBS2 that Walter Wenko arrived at the airport Monday from Cambodia but hasn’t been seen since.
According to the LAPD, Wenko was last seen leaving the U.S. Customs area.
“I went to ask Customs what was happening and they said they didn’t have anybody by that name,” said Sandra Madera, Wenko’s daughter. “Then, I started to sort of panic because I thought, if he’s not down there, and I haven’t seen him, where is he?”
Wenko’s family said he had not returned home and may be in need of medical attention.
Wenko’s family said he is an immigration attorney who was spending his retirement in Asia and spent the past year in Cambodia.
However, Wenko suffered two falls recently and had a concussion and memory loss.
“The Embassy felt that it was time for him to come home and get medical attention. They didn’t have the kind of specialized care that he needs,” Madera said.
Wenko was described as a Caucasian male with black and white hair and blue eyes. He is roughly 6 feet tall and weighs around 130 pounds. He did not pick up his luggage.
“I’m just worried because it’s already been one overnight and with his memory problem, probably exhaustion from traveling, I just don’t know what condition he’s in,” she said.
CBS2’s Serene Branson reports that Wenko was last seen wearing jeans, a light-colored shirt, and brown sandals. He may have had a dark-colored backpack.
Anyone with information as to Wenko’s whereabouts was asked to call (213) 972-7859 or (877) 527-3247 during non-business hours or on weekends.