News Story


Missing At Risk / Subject Located
11/30/2016 3:00:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Missing At Risk / Subject Located

Report Number:



6700 Block of Old Balcom Canyon Road

Date & Time:

November 30, 2016 / 3:00 PM

Unit(s) Responsible:

Sheriff's Patrol Services; Sheriff's Major Crimes; Sheriff's Aviation Unit; Sheriff's East Valley Search and Rescue; Upper Ojai Search and Rescue; Fillmore Search and Rescue; Sheriff's Mounted Unit; Sheriff's Mounted Posse; Sheriff's Dive Team; Sheriff's Search and Rescue K-9; Thousand Oaks DART; Camarillo DART; Office of Emergency Services; Unmanned Aerial Systems; Camarillo CERT


(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence


(MP) Judith 'Judy' Wurtz





On Sunday, November 27, 2016, at about 6:00 p.m., Judith 'Judy' Wurtz was reported missing by her family from their home in Somis.  According to Judy's family, she suffered from dementia, but otherwise was in good health.  The Sheriff's Office sent numerous resources to support patrol deputies searching, including Search and Rescue ground teams, Search and Rescue K-9 tracking dogs, and Aviation Unit resources with Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) technology.  The search for Judy continued for multiple days.


On Wednesday, November 30, 2016, at about 2:30 p.m., the Sheriff's Office received information that Judy had been spotted walking in the area of Balcom Canyon Road and Grimes Canyon Road.  Deputies responded to the location and made contact with the citizen who was shown a picture of Judy.  The citizen confirmed he saw Judy walking in the area about one hour prior.  At around 3:30 p.m., the Sheriff Office received an additional call for service of a possible person found under foliage in the 6700 block of Old Balcom Canyon Road.


Deputies from the Moorpark substation and members of the Search and Rescue ground teams responded to the location.  Judy was located under an avocado tree, covered in leaves, and semi alert.  Judy was carried to a waiting Search and Rescue vehicle and transported to a nearby clearing.  There she was treated by paramedics from Air Squad Six and transported to an area hospital.  Judy was in stable condition at the time she reached the hospital.


The Ventura County Sheriff's Office responds to multiple Alzheimer's and Dementia related calls for service each year.  Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or Dementia is a labor of love and can sometimes become overwhelming.  Please seek out help through your health care provider or online at 



Prepared by:

Deputy Christopher Dyer


News Release Date:



Media Follow-Up Contact:

Deputy Christopher Dyer (805) 535-0270


Approved by:

Captain Ian Laughlin