An 83-year-old stroke victim who vanished from his Vista home a week ago has been found dead in Carlsbad, the sheriff’s department confirmed Friday night.
Francisco Larios wandered off on foot from his residence located at 191 Lado De Loma Drive around 6:30 a.m. Saturday, July 21. A recent stroke prevented him from being able to speak, and he only understood Spanish. He had difficulty hearing and had been taking medication for high cholesterol as well as heart medication, according to sheriff’s officials.
Larios’ family contacted authorities upon discovering him gone, and the sheriff’s department alerted the public. A broadcast was sent to media outlets, and the San Diego Counyt Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit was activated, along with the sheriff’s ASTREA helicopter, but Larios was never found.
Although officials continued to follow up on leads throughout the week, it was 6:31 p.m. Thursday when the Carlsbad Police Department received a call from a hiker who had found a body in the Calavera Lake Preserve, near Sky Haven Lane, in Carlsbad.
Friday evening the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the body to be that of Larios.
A cause of death has not been released.
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