Simi Valley Police asking for public’s help in finding missing man
Published:  October 09, 2015

He may be anywhere, even in Santa Paula and the family of a missing Simi Valley man is asking that everyone be on the lookout for retired firefighter Steve Gerald Voegtli.

Simi Valley Police have been looking for Voegtli, 63, since he went missing from his Wood Ranch area home August 12, a disappearance that Simi Valley Police have noted is “suspicious…” to investigators.

According to a Simi Valley Police statement, “Thus far, members of the public have been extremely helpful in providing tips and investigative leads, but Steve is still missing. Steve has no car, phone or identification with him.

“Steve’s family is concerned that he may have left the immediate area of Simi Valley,” and they hope the public will keep an eye out for the man suffering from the early onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

Voegtli is still capable of “carrying on a normal conversation and might appear completely fine to those who are unaware of his condition,” although he has some memory problems and may appear disorientated or unkempt. 

As a retired Los Angeles County firefighter, he often talks about his firefighting experiences as well as surfing and various sports. His friends often refer to the affable Voegtli as “The Dude.”

Voegtli is white, 6’ tall, weighs 180 lbs, and has short brown hair with a receding hairline and hazel eyes. He left his residence near Madera Road on foot without a cell phone and identification and did not have access to his vehicle.

The man is an avid walker and likes to walk trails in the Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Agoura and Malibu areas. Police believe he may be anywhere, not just the Simi Valley area where friends, relatives and officials have searched for him.

Family, friends and fellow firefighters have searched for Voegtli. 

If you have any information or see Steve Voegtli, call Detective Dan Swanson immediately at (805) 583-6950. 

The Simi Valley Police Department “has received numerous leads and will thoroughly follow-up each and every tip received.”

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