By Jia H. Jung, California Local News Fellow
The Harbor-U.C.L.A. Medical Center is asking anyone who can help identify the man pictured above to call (424) 306-5305.
The Asian male, thought to be in his mid-twenties, remains unidentified and in grave condition after being brought by ambulance to the hospital and admitted sometime after midnight on Monday, Oct. 9. Health officials say that he was discovered near 3740 South Meyler Street in a residential area of coastal San Pedro a block from Wilders Addition Park and its beach.
He has brown eyes and shoulder-length black hair. He is 5-feet-10 inches tall, weighs 158 pounds and has no tattoos or other identifying marks on his body. Possessions found with him include a black backpack, a wallet containing Japanese currency and travel-sized grooming and hygiene kits.
The social work department of the medical center told AsAmNews this morning that the man remains in the same predicament as earlier this week – sedated and intubated with traumatic brain injury.
The hospital deals with several unidentified admissions a day originating from Los Angeles County but works first to resolve these cases through other means that preserve confidentiality laws upheld by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). But yesterday morning, Los Angeles County Health Services sent out an email blast to the local press as a last resort to ask for assistance in identifying the man. The assigned clinical social worker on duty said that cases like this are not commonplace.
The block where officials of the Harbor-U.C.L.A. Medical Center says the man was found.
South Bay Chronicles and Wilmington Chronicles were among the first to broadcast the hospital’s appeal for help yesterday, co-posting the L.A. County Health Services photograph on Instagram. Comments on the post speculated that the injured man was perhaps a seafarer, a foreign national off of a cruise ship or a mugging victim.
The guesses alluded to the relative proximity of the Port of Los Angeles – the biggest port in America – as well as the Los Angeles World Cruise Center in the Los Angeles Harbor region neighborhoods of San Pedro and Wilmington, respectively. Both sites are an hour to an hour-and-a-half away by foot from where the unidentified man was found.
A Consul of the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles confirmed to AsAmNews in a phone call that the office has activated a search for more information about the man in case he is a Japanese citizen in distress. At the time of writing, the team was no further along than the hospital in finding more information.
Neither the Harbor Community Police Station nor the greater Los Angeles Police Department could confirm to AsAmNews the incident of the man’s injury or discovery. No further details were available.
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