Missing Adult

*****UPDATE****UPDATE****UPDATE*****

Michael L. Haworth, Chief of Police
Pinellas Park Police Department
7700 59th Street N.
Pinellas Park, Florida 33781

Contact: Sergeant John Shea
Public Information Officer
O- 727-369-7830
JShea@pinellas-park.com

Mr. Melendez has been located and is safe with his family. 

Released by: Sergeant John Shea

TITLE: Missing Adult

WHEN: 12/31/2020 at 6:00 AM

WHERE: 7700 Blk 75th Way (Pinellas Cascades)

WHO:

Missing Adult - Hipolito Melendez (Nickname of Paulo) Hispanic / Male - 71
YOA; 5'08" tall / 155 pounds

What: On December 31st, at approximately 08:30 AM, officers responded to a
residence in the 7700 Blk of 75th Way (Pinellas Cascades Mobile Home Park)
about a missing adult. Officers learned a 71-year-old male subject was missing
from the residence and was last seen the night prior.

The subject, Hipolito Melendez, just came to the United States on 12/30/2020
to stay with his family due to medical complications.
This morning, Mr. Melendez was no longer at the residence and left with his
suitcase. It is believed Mr. Melendez is attempting to return to Puerto Rico,
where he is from.

Mr. Melendez was last seen wearing a grey t-shirt with a red "Champion" symbol
on his left chest with dark color shorts and gray shoes. Mr. Melendez has a
black suitcase on wheels with all of his belongings. Mr. Melendez goes by the
nickname of "Paulo."

If anyone has seen or knows the whereabouts of Mr. Melendez, they are asked to
contact the Pinellas Park Police Department at 727-369-7864 and reference Mr.
Melendez's name.

A recent photograph of Mr. Melendez has been attached to this release. 

Released by: Sergeant John Shea

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