Desert man missing since Friday, car found in Pinyon

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Photo courtesy Riverside County Sheriff's Department

Photo courtesy Riverside County Sheriff’s Department

Police are looking for information regarding a missing person, believed to be at risk. Juan Pedro Valladares, 34, was last seen Friday, July 25. His car was found on Monday, July 28, at the Cahuilla Tenawet Vista Point off Highway 74 in Pinyon Pines.

Family members reported Valladares missing on Friday after he asked for gas money so he could get out of the area, according to a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department press release. His family said he made statements indicating he wanted to harm himself.

Valladares left his cell phone in his vehicle, a red Toyota Corolla. Deputies from Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station, Riverside Sheriff’s Aviation and Riverside Sheriff’s Bloodhound Unit conducted a follow-up search on Saturday, but were unable to locate him or new leads or evidence indicating Valladares had been in the area.

On July 30, at 5 a.m. the search for Valladares continued with the support of Riverside County Mountain Rescue Unit, Desert Search and Rescue, Riverside County Search Dogs, Riverside Sheriff’s Aviation and Palm Desert Station personnel. Searchers combed the area for hours and were unable to locate any leads.

Valladares was last seen wearing a black shirt, blue basketball-style shorts and flip-flops.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the Palm Desert Sheriff’s Department at 760-836-1600 or Crime Stoppers at 760-341-STOP (7867).

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