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Man Goes Missing, May Be at Northridge Restaurants

The 77-year-old autistic man walked away from his Porter Ranch home Tuesday.

Norman Heuer is missing and family members believe he may be at one of his favorite restaurants in Northridge. Photo provided by the Los Angeles Police Department.
Norman Heuer is missing and family members believe he may be at one of his favorite restaurants in Northridge. Photo provided by the Los Angeles Police Department.

A 77-year-old Porter Ranch man in poor mental health has gone missing, and Los Angeles police are asking the public’s help in finding him.

Norman Henry Heuer, who is autistic, was last seen around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday leaving his house in the 10700 block of Des Moines Avenue on foot, according to an alert from the LAPD. Heuer has not been seen or heard from since.

Heuer’s family says he likes to frequent restaurants in Northridge, including Carrows on Devonshire, Cocos at Devonshire and Reseda and Bob’s Big Boy at Corbin and Nordhoff.

He is described as a white male with white hair, green eyes and answers to the nickname of “Sonny”. He stands 5 feet 10 inch tall and weighs about 165 pounds. He was last seen possibly wearing a golf shirt of unknown color and shorts of unknown color. 

richard "rj" jones March 05, 2014 at 01:49 PM
He was found that night. rj RAPID RESPONSE TEAM ACTION On Tuesday night, February 25th, 2014, our President, Frank Peters, received a call from our Project Director Lt. Tim Torsney requesting the assistance of our Rapid Response Team. It was VST’s first occasion to utilize the services of our Rapid Response Team since it had been revitalized recently with volunteers from within VST. Frank proceeded to call the phone tree leaders, who called the volunteers in their groups. They met in the roll call room, paired up, and received directions to Des Moines Avenue. Frank picked up the radios and a list was made of all OP’s, with the radio numbers. Frank distributed a photo of the missing man, Sonny, along with basic information. Within an hour, VST members were at Des Moines Ave, along with CEMP members and police officers being briefed by Sgt. Colon. The missing person was Norman Heuer (Sonny) a 77 year old Autistic male, from Idaho Falls, who has been visiting family. Sonny enjoys walking and does so daily however he had always been home promptly at 5:00 P.M. He has been known to walk to Carrows Restaurant at Mason and Devonshire or to Coco's at Reseda and Devonshire. On Tuesday, Sonny had not returned at his usual time so police were notified. VST along with CEMP were briefed and assigned different areas to search. VST was given a map of the Devonshire reporting district where they felt he may be. Each OP immediately left the area. As Op 7 (Pat Pope/Margie Forsey) were preparing to leave, Margie saw a shadow in the dark at the top of Des Moines. She told Pat to hold on and ran over to the person she had seen in the dark. Margie asked, “Is that you Sonny?” He responded, “I went for a walk, I am going home now.” A happy ending for something that could have been disastrous. Sonny apparently told his brother he went to Sherwood Forest. No way to check. Great group response, congratulated by Lt. Torsney. All our training by Officer Blizzard was put to a test.
Penny Arévalo March 05, 2014 at 02:42 PM
Thanks for the update!
Einie March 18, 2014 at 03:34 PM
Though we always enjoy greeting others who walk here in our Sherwood Forest neighborhood.....This would've been an incredible distance for Sonny to attempt, given that his walks keep him up on Devonshire, and we are down here across from CSUN (Yes, there is a Sherwood Forest! Zelzah to Balboa - Nordhoff to the RR tracks)! So glad to learn that this story had a happy ending!!!!!

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