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SRPD News Release: UPDATE (2/28) - Missing Adult at Risk

2/28/2023 - 10:58 AM

Update 2/28/2023 at 11:00am

Lawrence (aka "Larry") Atchison is still missing and search/rescue operations are still underway. SRPD detectives, with the assistance of local residents, located residential surveillance footage that showed Larry walking in the area of Summerfield Rd and Carissa Avenue at 4:15 pm yesterday (2/27). 

Larry is a 64-year-old white male, 6'00" tall, 200 pounds, with grey hair and brown eyes. Larry was last seen wearing a black Columbia jacket without a hood, dark blue jeans, and black slip-on shoes.

The SonomaCounty Search and Rescue Team searched until 1:30am, but SRPD maintained the search all night with several officers that were held over from the original shifts. Drones were deployed to search the neighborhoods and cover more ground than foot patrols could. Additional air support and searching were conducted by a Sonoma County Fire helicopter. Our Violent Crime Team (who is responsible for missing adult investigations) took over the investigation. They worked with CHP and a Silver Alert was sent out early this morning. The Santa Rosa Fire Department and the SOnoma County Sheriff's Office also assisted with the initial search.

Tuesday Morning
With the SRPD Violent Crime Team leading the investigation, Sonoma County Search and Rescue resumed their search at 8:00 am with numerous volunteers. Tracking dog K-9 Gremly from California Rescue Dog Association is currently assisting with searching neighborhoods where Larry was last seen. SRPD Detectives, Downtown Enforcement Officers, Motorcycle Officers, and SRPD Volunteers (VIPS) are currently searching Bennett Valley and Annadel State Park.

How You Can Help
If you live in the area of Leafwood Circle, Carissa Av, Summerfield Rd, or adjoining areas, please check all personal/residential surveillance footage for images of Larry. This will allow officers and detectives to track Larry’s direction. Additionally, please check your backyards, unlocked vehicles, sheds (outbuildings), and underneath decks/patios. Larry may have stopped and rested but now is lost. If you locate any footage of Larry or if you have seen Larry, please contact the SRPD Communication Center at 707-528-5222.

Media Inquiries may be directed to Sergeant Christopher Mahurin at 707-975-0129 or


Update 2/27/2023 at 8:30pm


Lawrence (aka "Larry") Atchison has been missing since he walked away from his residence on Leafwood Circle at 4:45pm.  Larry has dementia and is unable to safely navigate himself around Santa Rosa. SRPD requested the assistance of the Sonoma County Search and Rescue Team. While Search and Rescue is mobilizing, SRPD officers, Community Service Officers, and Field and Evidence Technicians are assisting with the search. SRPD is also deploying drones to help locate Larry. When he is located, the comunity will be advised. 

If you see Larry, please contact the SRPD Communication Center at 707-528-5222.

*The name is the original release was incorrect*

Original Media Release

Missing Adult at Risk

On February 27th at 4:45 p.m., Larry Lawrence left his residence on foot and his current wherabouts are unknown.  Lawrence has dementia and does not know how to navigate his way around the city and will not know how to return home.  Lawrence was last seen in the area of Leafwood Circle in Santa Rosa.  Lawrence is 64 years old, 6 feet tall and 200 pounds.  He was last seen wearing a black Columbia jacket with no hood, dark blue jeans and black slip on shoes. 

Please contact the Santa Rosa Police Department with any information about Lawrence's whereabouts.

Media Contact:
SRPD Dispatch: 707-528-5222