Santa Rosa, CA family man with dementia walks out of his home and disappears


Lawrence “Larry” Atchison has been missing since February 27th, 2023, from his home in Santa Rosa, California. A GoFundMe page has been established to help collect funds to aid efforts in the search.

Lawrence “Larry” Atchison has been missing since February 27th, 2023, and the police are desperately seeking anyone with information. Larry walked out of his home in the neighborhood of Bennett Valley, Santa Rosa, CA, and he has not been seen since.

“This is the longest search we’ve had in years,” said Sonoma County Sheriff’s Deputy Rob Dillion. “We don’t have any information as to where he might be or where he’s gone. We have nothing now going into our third week.”

The family is seeking donations that will aid in the efforts to feed and assist family members and volunteers who are working at a command center established for around-the-clock printing materials, supplies, coordination of legal and investigative professionals, and other aid. Donations to the “Let’s Find Larry” GoFundMe account can be made here:

Fundraiser by Juan Gachet: Let’s Find Larry (

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. By 2050, this number is projected to rise to nearly 13 million. One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. The disease kills more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. In 2020, COVID-19 contributed to a 17% increase in Alzheimer’s and dementia deaths.

The family held a vigil in the rain Sunday, March 12th, 2023, in Santa Rosa, California. Several hundred people showed up to pay their respects and to show interest in this mystery.

Larry was diagnosed with dementia approximately three years ago. He is married to Cecila Mariana Atchison, who is tirelessly involved in the search taking place 24/7.

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“How can a man walk out of his home in such a densely populated neighborhood and only get captured by one home surveillance camera,” asked Larry’s son-in-law and New York City iHeartRadio personality Sean “Hollywood” Hamilton. “With such a tragic ailment, he’s still always smiling, and I’ve never heard him once complain about what he was facing. Our family is determined to find him.”

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