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UPDATE: Missing man found safe by police

Posted at 9:07 AM, Oct 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-28 15:21:41-04

UPDATE (12:13 p.m.) - At about noon on Thursday, officials announced Mendez has been found safe by Santa Barbara Police Department detectives.

SBPD thanks the Santa Barbara community and those who spread the word.
(9:07 a.m.) Santa Barbara Police officers are working to locate a missing man last seen around Oak Park in Santa Barbara.

Juan Manuel Mendez, 59, was last seen on Oct. 19, 2021.

Officials say he is 5'6" and 175 lbs. with black hair and dark brown eyes. Officials say there is no clothing description available.

Mendez has recently undergone medical procedures and is believed to be homeless.

Police say the search for Mendez is ongoing.

Police encourage anyone who sees Mendez or has information to call 911. Additional questions can be directed to the Santa Barbara Police Combined Communications Center at 905-882-8900.