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Sheriff: Man missing on SW Side for 5 mos. has diminished mental capacity

A 47-year-old man has been missing since the end of April, and was last seen on the Southwest Side of Tucson. The missing man functions at a 15-year-old's mental level, authorities said.

Amedeo "Junior" Figueroa phoned his sister from Casino of the Sun asking for a ride on April 22, a Pima County Sheriff's Department spokesman said. When she arrived 30 minutes later, Figueroa was not to be found.

"An unknown male stated Junior had left on foot several minutes earlier," Deputy Daniel Jelineo said in a news release Monday.

Figueroa was "living with some friends" on Camino Elario, just a few blocks from the casino. Family checked the home and were told Figueroa was not there, Jelineo said.

The family did not report Figueroa missing for a few weeks, Jelineo said. The information was provided to the department's spokesman for release; "detectives working the case were waiting for info and pictures about Mr. Figureroa," the deputy said.

The missing man "has a diminished mental capacity and functions at the level of a 15-year-old, is heavily reliant on his family for assistance, and speaks to his sister regularly," the deputy said.

Figueroa's family has had no contact with him since he went missing five months ago, Jelineo said.

Figueroa is Hispanic, about 5'8" tall with brown hair and brown eyes.

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Anyone with any information on his whereabouts should call 911 or 88-CRIME, Jelineo said.

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Amedeo 'Junior' Figueroa