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Friday, August 27, 2021

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Missing 35-Year-Old Female NR21231ml

August 31, 2021 UPDATE NR21231ml

Karen Mendoza has been located. Her family has been notified and she is in good health.

Los Angeles: The family and friends of Karen Mendoza Ruiz and LAPD's Missing Persons detectives are asking for the public's help in locating her.

Karen Mendoz Ruiz was last seen was last seen in the evening hours of August 22, 2021, in Mid-City near the Grove at 4th Street and Fairfax Avenue in the City of Los Angeles.

Karen Mendoza Ruiz is described as a 35-year-old female Hispanic, blond/brown hair, hazel eyes, standing at 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing 120 pounds. She was last seen wearing a black sweatshirt, blue jeans, black shoes, and a black/flower print scarf.

Karen Mendoza Ruiz is from Colombia visiting Los Angeles; Spanish speaking only; last seen on foot without a phone, ID or money.

If you have seen or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Karen Mendoza Ruiz please contact the Los Angeles Police Department Missing Persons Unit, at 213-996-1800. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most Keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters "LAPD." Tipsters may also go to, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.