Feb 212013

Lawanda Long

John Byrnes

A 43-year-old mental patient with a fondness for the downtown library and a 16-year-old girl who has run away from home in the past were both reported missing by authorities to the media Thursday morning.

John Byrnes was last seen Tuesday morning in the 3000 block of LaSalle Street, leaving a residential facility for his daily walk, police said in the following news release:

Police are asking the public’s assistance in locating 43-year-old John Byrnes, who was last seen on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, at about 9:00A.M., in the 3000 block of LaSalle Street.

John Byrnes (via NOPD)

Byrnes left his residential facility around 9am Tuesday morning to go for a walk, which is not uncommon for him. According to the residential staff, Byrnes always returns home after going for a walk. This is the first time he has gone missing and has not been seen or heard from. Byrnes suffers from a mental disorder and may be in need of his medication. Family members describe him as a very friendly person.

John Byrnes is described as a White Male, 6’03” tall, weighing approximately 180 pounds. Byrnes was last seen wearing a blue shirt with a white t-shirt underneath, beige pants, black tennis shoes.

Mr. Byrnes frequents the public library on Loyola Avenue downtown and he typically carries a book with him.

Lawanda Long left her home in the 2400 block of Jackson Avenue a month ago, and while her mother said she is a “habitual runaway,” she became concerned when she was unable to contact her, authorities said.

Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 16-year-old Lawanda Long, who was last seen by her mother on Sunday January 20, 2013 leaving their home in the 2400 block of Jackson Avenue at approximately 7:30 A.M.

Lawanda Long

Her mother advised that he daughter, Lawanda Long is a Habitual Runaway and became concerned when she was unable to contact her and has not seen or heard from her since.

Lawanda Long is described as an African-American female with black shoulder length tracked hairstyle and is approximately 5’5” tall and about 130 pounds. She was last seen wearing black tights style pants and a light blue shirt. She has tattoos on her left and right hand.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Lawanda Long is asked to call 821-2222.

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