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Police find missing woman in Menlo Park

Woman visiting from Japan wandered from Palo Alto Wednesday morning

Update: Police said around 4 p.m. on Wednesday that the missing woman was found "safe and sound" in Menlo Park by officers from the Menlo Park Police Department.

A Japanese woman in her 70s has been missing since she walked away from her family's home in the 2200 block of Harvard Street in the College Terrace neighborhood this morning at 8:15 a.m., police said Wednesday.

Motoko Higashiyama is visiting from Japan for only this week, and is unfamiliar with the area. She speaks only Japanese. She is 5'0" tall and weighs 100 pounds, and was last seen wearing a white shirt with a red pattern (possibly floral), and unknown color pants, police said. Her hair is now mostly gray -- not the color depicted in the photograph accompanying this story. She is not carrying any identification.

A neighbor possibly saw Motoko around 12:45 p.m. on foot near Stanford Avenue at Harvard Street. Palo Alto police officers have been checking the neighborhood extensively, but have yet to be able to find her, they said. As she is unfamiliar with the area, police said they believe she may still be on foot, looking for her family's home.

Anyone who sees Motoko or has information about her whereabouts can call the Palo Alto Police Department's 24-hour dispatch center immediately at 650-329-2413.

— Palo Alto Weekly staff

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