Law Enforcement Asks Public's Help to Locate Missing At Risk Teen

Published : Tuesday, January 1, 2019 | 2:54 PM

Xander Munoz. Image courtesy Los Angeles Sheriff's Department


A 16-year-old boy who’s diabetic and insulin-dependent is missing again from the Hathaway Sycamores Group Home in Altadena, and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Altadena Station detectives are seeking the public’s assistance in locating him.

Xander Munoz was last seen at 3 a.m. Tuesday, January 1, as he was walking away from the group home located at 2900 block of El Nido Drive, an advisory from the Sheriff’s Altadena Station said.

He has been reported missing at least two other times within the past six months – in July and in October – but had either been located or returned safely to the home both times.

The new advisory said Munoz, described as 5 feet 6 inches tall, 145 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes, was last seen wearing a black shirt and gray sweatpants.

“Xander is known to hang out near or around Old Pasadena,” the advisory said. “At this time of year Old Pasadena is an extremely populated area during the holiday season with numerous New Year celebrations and a possible destination. Xander is diabetic, insulin dependent diabetic and requires additional medication. Xander’s family and caregivers are very concerned and are asking the public’s assistance in locating him.”

The advisory’s heading described Munoz as a “critical missing juvenile.”

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Altadena Station, Detective D. Taylor or Detective J. Lohmann (626) 798-1131. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website


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