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My Brother Dimitri C. Kemitch is missing. Have You Seen Him?

5'6" tall caucasian man, 63, with a slender build, gray hair, burn scars on his neck.

Hi Dear Editor,

This is a recent picture of my brother, Dimitri C. Kemitch. His last known address was Orion St in Van Nuys. We last spoke on October 21,2018. We had a fight and he hung up on me. I called him back but he never returned my call. He is approximately 5'6" tall with a slender build. And, you can see his hair is gray. He speaks English only, as far as I know. Likes to read books and newspapers. Interests are astronomy and electronics. And, he is on FB but I don't believe he checks his account.

My brother has burn scars on his neck and chest from 2nd and 3rd degree burns when he was about 7-8 years old. And now he is 63 years old

I have been to LA twice and went to libraries, SOVA, MENDS, the Valley Y and Hope of the Valley on Tyrone. I have made contact with Councilwoman Martinez's office on the first trip. Most recently, I wrote and heard back from Ted Winterer, Councilman from Santa Monica. I stopped at Skid Row twice, left pictures of Dimitri with the Midnight Mission, the Lamp, the Weingard center, Misery Mission and other place-names I cannot recall. No one recognized him. A great lady at a laundromat let me put up his picture on a large post where you would see it the moment you walked in. I met a great man named Brandon and he walked with me and introduced me to people he knew there (Mission area/Skid Row). We walked all around Skid Row for about 3-4 hours. But, he said, we only scratched the surface.

I sent a letter to a place in Santa Monica a while back along with my contact information. A man named Dave called me and said he thought he actually spoke to my brother a few days before but hasn't seen him since. That's why I decided to put out feelers in the Santa Monica area via newspapers. I cannot make another trip for a while due to timing of holidays and my work schedule.

That's it in the nutshell. I really want to locate him. How much longer can he exist living on the streets, I don't know. Thank you from my soul for responding to me and, offering your services for free. I hope he sees your fine work-it will surely wake him up! I hope he doesn't think I abandoned him......

If you think I should try anything else to locate him, please say so. I am willing to do all that I can. He is my only brother, one and only. All ideas and advice I desperately need and will act upon. I was thinking of: billboards, sky writing and put his picture in the ad space atop taxis/car services: honestly.

Thank you so much for your professionalism and generosity.


Kathi C. Kemitch


Reader Comments(1)

KathiC writes:

Hello and thank you, Editor and all staff at the Santa Monica Observer! This is the most wonderful and touching thing that has ever happened to me in my life! You have gone way above all to help me find my brother, Dimitri. This effort on your behalf for a stranger seeking help from other strangers was breathtaking to me. Thank you for giving millions of times more than was asked of you. You all have “Hearts of Gold!” This is truly the beginning to get my brother back in my life! Always, Kathi