Patrick Bolden-Smith missing after being taken to USC County Medical Center for mental health assessment – CBS Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The family of a 26-year-old man frantically searches for him Monday after he was released from County-USC Medical Center, where he was taken for a mental health assessment.
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Patrick Bolden-Smith, who moved to Los Angeles from New Orleans to pursue a musical career, has been missing since Sunday. His mother, Theresa Bolden, flew over the weekend to bring him home – but his mental health had deteriorated to such an extent that she was forced to call an ambulance for him.
“He must be terrified. I don’t know what else to do at this point, ”she said.
Bolden-Smith had moved to southern California just before the pandemic hit. Like so many others, the pandemic has cost him his job – and Bolden says his son was struggling to cope.
“He wasn’t himself. As the days went by it became more and more confused, ”she said. “He found it hard to think, saying there was too much going on at the same time.”
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So she called 911 to ask for help on Saturday night. But on Sunday he was released from the hospital, and since then there has been no sign of Bolden-Smith.
Bolden-Smith’s mother and friend Kate Spence says they don’t understand why he was released from the hospital so quickly and are struggling to get information about his discharge because he’s an adult.
“What I’m scared of now is because I feel like in his head, because we put him in the hospital, he’s scared to come home because he thinks that it might not be a safe space for him, even if we tried to help him, ”Spence said.
A missing persons report has been filed with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He was described as a 6 foot tall black man, weighing around 140 pounds, with dark brown hair and eyes, last seen wearing a faded yellow T-shirt, white athletic shorts and running shoes. gray tennis.
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“I’m just trying to stay calm about it so that I can stay focused on finding it,” Bolden said.