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Posted on May 11, 2008 in Bento | 26 comments

URGENT: My relative missing in SF Japantown

URGENT: My relative missing in SF Japantown


UPDATE: Bobby Joe has been found in a hospital in San Francisco; thank you all so much for your kind wishes and help in locating him! See my follow-up post, and the SF Chronicle and the San Jose Mercury News both have updated articles.

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Sorry to interrupt the normal lunch focus of this blog, but I have a plea for San Francisco locals. I just heard that a mentally disabled relative went missing after he went to the bathroom during a group home field trip to San Francisco’s Japantown on Thursday May 8, 2008 at 1:30pm (last seen at Scott & Geary). If anyone thinks they might have seen the man in the photo below, please contact the San Bruno Police Department at 650-616-7100. He has severe epilepsy and needs medication to control his seizures.

Missing Person: Bobby Joe Lamascus

Bobby Joe Lamascus is 50 years old, 6 feet tall, 150 pounds with green eyes. He has no upper teeth, and his mother believes he was wearing a brown jacket and Levi’s blue jeans. His group home is in San Bruno, so he might be trying to get back there on his own (but has likely had a seizure). Further details are at this article in the SF Chronicle or this article in the San Jose Mercury News. The police have an APB out for him and family members are canvassing the area with flyers — that’s what I’ll be doing too.

If you are able to forward this to your friends in the area, local online forums or mailing lists, I’d certainly appreciate it. If you’d like a copy of the Missing Person poster to put up, e-mail me at lunchinabox AT gmail DOT com and I’ll send it to you privately. We’re crossing our fingers that Bobby Joe gets home quickly and safely. Thank you for spreading the word.

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  1. Oh dear. My fingers are crossed.I hope he’s OK.

  2. Biggie, I’ll keep my eyes out. Best of luck to you during this time. I hope everything turns out okay.

  3. Hope he’s found soon and well. You’re in my thoughts.

  4. I hope all is well. Any news at this point?

  5. @4 from Angie: No news yet; my plan is still to put up flyers tomorrow while Bug’s at preschool.

  6. I will be praying for him and your family. Best wishes!

  7. The staff of the group home doesn’t know at what point mr. Lamascus went missing?!? Seems promising. This said, I certainly hope he is found in good condition as soon as possible!!
    The best for you all!

  8. I hope you find him soon!!!!

    My sister lives in a group home, and I’m always worrying something like this will happen there. Especially since she escaped once while I was watching her and ran down the middle of a normally busy street (at 3am, mind you), naked, holding a pair of scissors… Thank god the police patrolled the area constantly and picked her up. It sounds funny now, but at the time it was kind of scary! Especially since she doesn’t have the ability to talk in a way normal people can understand. I was running towards the scene just as they had nabbed her, so I was able to explain to them. After that, we got a big lock put on our door, high up, so she couldn’t reach it.

    Anyways, I hope they find him. Goin without seizure meds is bad news. :(

  9. I’m not in SF, I just wanted to say that I hope he is found very very soon. I’ll be praying for him, you and your family.

  10. Dear Biggie,
    I hope they find your relative. I have a mentally disabled aunt myself and know the worries. You are in my thoughts.

  11. I’ll keep your family in my prayers. Hope he’s found very soon and that all is well.

  12. You are in my thoughts!
    I have forwarded this to friends in the area.

  13. Good news everyone, he’s been found! He’s been in a hospital on a ventilator since Friday, so he’s safe and the whole family is relieved. Thanks everyone for your good wishes and prayers.

    I can’t update my blog post from where I am right now; will do so later today.

  14. Glad this story had a happy ending- hope he recovers soon!

  15. I hope everything works out with a speedy recovery!

  16. Oh phew, what a relief! I just saw this post in my feeds, clicked through to the news articles and had my fingers crossed, hoping for the best! All the best to him!

  17. So glad he was found. I have a special needs child too. It’s every parent’s worse nightmare. Glad this one had a happy ending.

  18. Just checking in-I’m so glad he was found. On a ventilator, though? That sounds serious. I hope he will be okay.

    Best wishes,

  19. Glad he was found, I hope he has a speedy recovery! What a scarey experience for you family.


    He was found! Thank God he’s recovering with the care he needs. Hope your family is coping well, Biggie.

  21. I’m super glad he was found! I hope he recovers soon.

  22. Biggie, so glad he was found safe and sound. Blessings for a speedy recovery xxx

  23. I never comment, but I love your blog. It was what made me start bentoing.

    Glad the guy was found and is in a safe place. Some friends of mine spread the word after I posted your blog on MySpace, but it’s good to know that we can stop now with a happy ending.

  24. (I’m in the Bay Area, so I thought it might help.)

  25. GREAT NEWS!!! I am happy for you and your family!

  26. Am so pleased that he has been found!

    Thanx for a great site - wish u all the best!