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Police searching for missing woman with Alzheimer’s

SANTA ANA – Police seek the public’s help in finding a missing woman believed to be suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and depression, authorities said.

Family members Wednesday night discovered that Iris Kaufman, 75, was missing from her Santa Ana home, along with her dog, a small gray Schnauzer named Lucy, her medication and her car, Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.

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Kaufman, a retired medical doctor, cannot leave the immediate vicinity of her home without becoming disoriented and lost, Bertagna said. Family members told police that she had been extremely depressed recently due to her deteriorating health.

Kaufman’s daughter last spoke to her by phone about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Bertagna said.

Police say Kaufman is 5-foot-1, about 170 pounds with gray hair and blue eyes. She has multiple scars on her chest from medical procedures, police said.

Kaufman’s car is a 2008 Toyota Prius with the California license plate number 6CYA083, authorities said.

Authorities are asking anyone who has information about Kaufman’s whereabouts to call detective Cpl. Robert Valdez at 714-245-8364.

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