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Posted on: March 5, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Endangered Missing Person


Update: Missing Person Located


Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Endangered Missing Person
Station Area:Palm Desert
Written Date:March 4, 2020Time:11:33 PM
Incident Date:March 4, 2020Time:8:17 PM
Incident Location:31000 block of Calle Helene, Thousand Palms
Reporting Officer:Sergeant Rick Dominguez
File Number(s):O200640033

Update (Friday, 3/6/2020):

On 3/5/2020, Mr. Camargo has been located safely in Los Angeles County. Thank you to the public for your assistance!


On Wednesday March 4, 2020, at 8:17 PM, Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station deputies responded to a missing person call in the 31000 block of Calle Helene, Thousand Palms.  Deputies discovered Benjamin Camargo, 92 years-old, voluntarily left his residence on March 4, 2020, about 5:30 PM. 

Mr. Camargo is described as a Hispanic male, five feet nine inches tall, weighing approximately 150 pounds. He has grey hair and brown eyes. Mr. Camargo was last seen wearing blue shirt and black pants. According to his family, Mr. Camargo suffers from dementia. He is believed to be driving a white 2007 Toyota Rav4, license plate:6ARH233.  

An extensive search was completed for Mr. Camargo, but he was not located.  The search is continuing. The California Highway Patrol was contacted, and a Silver Alert was activated.  Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Mr. Camargo is urged to call the Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station by calling 760-836-1600, or the Riverside County Sheriff’s Dispatch at 951-776-1099.

Benjamin Camargo

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is seeking applicants for Deputy Sheriff, Deputy Sheriff Trainee, Correctional Deputy, Sheriff’s 911 Communications Officer, and other employment opportunities such as clerical and support positions.  If you are interested in a career with us, please visit our recruiting page or call 1-888-Join-RSD

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