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Police ask for help to find missing man whose car was found in Malibu

Bruce Yasmeh, 62, has not been seen by his family since last Thursday, when his car was found in Malibu. Police are asking for the public’s help in locating the missing man. Photo Courtesy of Lost Hills Sheriffs Station
Lauren Coughlin, Editor
9:51 am PDT October 26, 2016

Family and police are searching for Bruce Yasmeh, a 62-year-old man from Encino, California, who has not been seen by his family since Thursday, Oct. 20.

Ventura County police located Yasmeh’s vehicle in Malibu on Thursday, parked just north of the county line, stated the Lost Hills Sheriffs Station in a Facebook post on Tuesday, Oct. 25.

Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Watch Commander Randy Downard said the police exhausted efforts to look for Yasmeh. Downard said police were not able to find evidence of him or regarding him when searching Yasmeh’s vehicle.

It is believed that he may have been seen on a Malibu beach since being reported missing, according to police. Yasmeh’s son, Yaniv, said a woman claimed she saw Yasmeh walking on the beach in the Trancas Canyon area on Friday, Oct. 21. Yaniv said Ventura County police sent out search dogs in the area, but the trail, which was headed north, went cold.

Yaniv said the family believes his father may have sought shelter with the homeless in the Malibu area, or possibly further north.

“This is very unlike him,” Yaniv said. “He’s not one to do this, especially to his family.”

Yaniv said his father reportedly had a meeting and was expected to be home for dinner on Thursday, but he never returned.

Yasmeh, who is of Middle Eastern descent, is described as 5-feet, 9-inches tall with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing navy blue Adidas track pants, and the family states that Yasmeh has a heart condition that requires immediate medical care.

“It’s lethal for him to disappear this long and if it was two, three days we wouldn’t be as concerned, but the fact that it’s six, seven days now, people usually don’t come marching back in [after that long],” Yaniv said.

Anyone who has relevant information is asked to call the Los Angeles Police Department at (213) 486-8260 and reference 161017443. If Yasmeh is seen in the Malibu/Lost Hills area, police ask that individuals call 911 or (818) 878-1808.