County seeks to identify man who won't or can't speak


Last updated 6/22/2019 at 2:32pm

MORENO VALLEY - Riverside County health officials on Friday, June 21 turned to the public for help identifying a man who cannot -- or will not -- speak and may be suffering from some form of amnesia.

The roughly 50-year-old individual has been under the care of staff at the Riverside University Medical Center in Moreno Valley since May 2, when he was brought into the facility after he was found wandering aimlessly barefoot along North Perris Boulevard, unable or unwilling to speak, according to the Riverside University Health System.

When he was picked up by an ambulance crew, he did not speak, and since being admitted to the hospital, the patient has not said a word, appearing to be in an "altered mental state,'' according to a hospital statement.

The patient is Hispanic or of mixed race, with a dark complexion, mustache and beard, 5-feet-4 inches tall and 156 pounds.

Officials declined to offer theories on his condition based on federal and state privacy safeguards.

Anyone with information was asked to call the hospital at 951-486-4000.


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