Missing La Jolla man with dementia returns home

SAN DIEGO – The 88-year-old man who was reported missing returned home, police announced Wednesday.

“Thank you for all who assisted. E. Fay Rippon has returned. He was lost and eventually remembered his way back home,” SDPD Detective Shelly Luna said.

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SAN DIEGO – Police are asking for the public’s help Tuesday to find an 88-year-old man diagnosed with dementia, among other ailments, who went missing from his La Jolla home.

E. Fay Rippon was last seen about 5 p.m. at his home in the 8200 block of Camino Del Oro, according to the San Diego Police Department. He drove away in a gray 2003 Mini Cooper with a black roof, chrome rims and a handicapped placard in the window.

His family told police he may be attempting to drive to Monrovia, where he used to have an office, although he is medically restricted from driving.

In addition to dementia, Rippon has Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and hypertension, police said. He is without the medications he depends on to treat those ailments.

He is also without money, credit cards or a cell phone, police said.

Rippon is white, 6 feet 1 inches tall and 180 pounds with gray hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a black and white button down shirt with vertical stripes and light blue jeans.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts was asked to call San Diego police at (619) 531-2000.