SDSO Suspend Search for Missing Person At-Risk in Vista

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San Diego County Sheriffs announced that they were suspending the search for a missing person at-risk who walked away from a care facility in Vista after learning that he walked away on his own from his care facility and might be with friends in Oceanside.

Police were looking for Berhane Piong, 36, who walked away from a care facility at 2225 Place in the unincorporated area of Vista.

"Piong's family was notified of this new information," SDSO said in a tweet.

Police say he is likely very scared and is at-risk due to medical issues and developmental disabilities.

"He's vulnerable because he has the living and decision making skills of a 12-year-old," SDSO said in a tweet.

He was last seen wearing a camouflage hoodie jacket, black sweatpants and blue sneakers. Police say the man will respond if you call him Berhane.

An SDSO helicopter was in the area earlier making announcements related to his search. Police ask residents to be aware of increased police activity near the 300 block of Sycamore Avenue where Search and Rescue (SAR) Volunteers and police are using the location as a staging area.

No other information was available.

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