Police seek missing at-risk woman

Update, Oct. 26: Police have confirmed that Wallace was located and reunited with family: “On 10/20/2017 at 12:44pm, BPD Dispatch received a call from ACSO stating that our missing person at risk, Lala Wallace, who had been reported missing the night prior, had been located at Children’s Hospital. Arriving officers found Ms. Wallace being cared for by hospital staff. She had been located in a construction zone in front of the hospital. BPD facilitated a reunion between Wallace and her family at Highland Hospital where she had been transported as a precaution.”

Original story, Oct. 20, 2:30 p.m. Police in Berkeley are looking for Lala Wallace, 74, who is classified as an at-risk missing person due to her dementia.

According to a Berkeley police notice posted through Nixle just before 2 a.m., Wallace is a black woman, 5 feet 5, 110 pounds, with black hair and black eyes. She was last seen wearing a red vest and black pants, and carrying a dark-colored purse. She was last seen by her brother, Paul Wallace, on Wednesday at about 9:30 a.m. at her home on Stuart Street.

Police said Wallace is “known to wander off and walk the streets of Berkeley,” and sometimes Oakland. She does not have a cellphone with her. Wallace frequents grocery and convenience stores, including Berkeley Bowl and Whole Foods. A larger photograph appears below.


Lala Wallace: Missing, at-risk. Photo: BPD