Police are searching for two patients who went missing Thursday night from a mental health facility in Silver Lake and are in need of medication. KTLA reports that one of the patients may have may have a criminal record. The station’s video footage indicates that the two male patients were housed at the Gateway Hospital & Mental Health Center satellite facility on Hoover Street near the 101 Freeway. Gateways Hospital, which has its main facility in Echo Park, has asked police to “apprehend and transport” the two patients – James Sheppard and Christopher Bednar – immediately back to the hospital. The Gateways facility on Hoover Street provides numerous services, including court-mandated residential, day-care and outpatient treatment as well as programs for patients with mental illness who , according to the hospital website.
Sheppard, age 50, is a white male with brown hair and eyes and stands 6 feet tall and weighs about 185 pounds. Bednar, age 45, is also a white male with brown hair and blue eyes and stands just under 6 feet tall and weighs about 280 pounds. Anyone with any information regarding these individuals is asked to contact Rampart Division detectives at 213-484-3440 or 213-484-3400.
* Update on Saturday, May 5: KTLA reports that one of the suspects, James Sheppard, has been taken into custody.