A missing Palo Alto man with a severe psychiatric disability has been located and is safe, his family confirmed Friday, July 29.
Andrew Pearl, 30, had been missing for nearly three weeks. He was located by police at La Selva Group, a facility on Forest Avenue that is run by Momentum for Mental Health, according to Palo Alto police dispatches.
Andrew was reported at the back of the building after 1 p.m. on Friday. His mother, Leslie Pearl, arrived to the group home to be reunited with him, according to dispatchers.
"We are very happy and exhausted!" his father, Dr. Samuel Pearl, said in a text message on Sunday.
Andrew disappeared on July 11 after leaving Middlefield House, a group independent-living residence in Palo Alto, his father said.
The Pearl family blanketed Palo Alto with fliers in search for Andrew, who suffers from schizophrenia and had gone off of his anti-psychotic medication, his father said. Others helped to put up fliers as far away as San Francisco.
Pearl said that people his family did not know came forward to help, including individuals, members of the Downtown Streets Team and a number of agencies.
"We would like to formally thank the Palo Alto Police Department in their sincere efforts to find our son, Andrew Pearl. Special thanks goes to Officer Robert Parham, an experienced member of the department, who was our liaison with the entire police force.
"We also would like to give special thanks to Downtown Street Team for their support. Team manager, Kenneth Pierre was exceptionally helpful. The residents of Palo Alto including the homeless all gave us unwavering assistance in our effort to find our son. This was unbelievably gratifying to my wife and entire family. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts," Pearl said in a statement.
Mental illness "hits anybody," he said during a phone conversation this week.
Andrew was transferred to transitional housing at La Selva House, where he stayed for 10 days. But his father said that Andrew was released into independent living too soon. His insurance company refused to continue to pay for his supervised care at La Selva based on a formula rather than the symptoms he exhibited.
Andrew was sent to Middlefield House where no one monitors if patients take their medication, his father said, who had objected to the transfer. He did not feel that his son was ready for independent living, he said.