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Search Teams in North Bay Scour Region for Missing People

Woman, 26, is found safe; search continues for 74-year-old man in Vallejo

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    Search parties on Sunday were spread across Vallejo searching for two at-risk people. Christie Smith reports. (Published Sunday, March 19, 2017)

    Search parties on Sunday were spread across Vallejo searching for two at-risk people. One, a 26-year-old woman, was found safe while the search continued for a 74-year-old man.

    Roughly 80 volunteers scoured Solano County in hopes of finding 26-year-old Lexus Dupaty, who had disappeared Friday evening, according to the Solano County Sheriff's Office. Search and rescue teams were worried after learning that Dupaty, who has a mental disability, tended to hide in parks and bushes.

    Their efforts were rewarded when the Vallejo woman was spotted by a passerby on Lake Herman road about two miles from Dupaty's home.

    Dupaty's family was ecstatic about locating their missing loved one.

    "I just want to say, 'thank you,'" Tomoroa Hill, Dupaty's aunt, said. "Praise God that my niece has been found safely. We barely could stand. We didn't sleep. We hardly ate."

    After locating Dupaty, search crews reorganized and shifted their efforts to finding 74-year-old James Christian. The Vallejo man, who suffers from dementia, left his home Saturday night and walked to a store, but he has not been seen since.

    Christian was last seen wearing a black leather jacket, black leather hat, blue jeans, and red, white and yellow tennis shoes, according to police.

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