Scheana Shay has been a staple of Vanderpump Rules since its inception. Sadly, we have some heartbreaking news in her life to report on: her cousin Phil Tate has been missing since February 25th. He was last seen at the Westmont Village retirement facility in Riverside, California and a Silver Alert has been issued by the California Highway State Patrol.
Scheana issued a plea to help with the search Friday on Instagram, telling the public that her cousin suffers from dementia and diabetes. He has been spotted three separate times in the Mission Grove Shopping Center on February 26th but there have been no leads since.
Scheana’s family gave a statement to People magazine saying, “We are sad, scared and desperate to find Phil as he has been suffering from dementia in the last year and is unfamiliar with the area where he was reported missing. Phil currently resides on a ranch and loves the outdoors more than anything so he is most likely to be found in open land rather than the city, but anything is possible at this point and we are keeping open minds during our search. We love our Phil and just want him back home with us. If you think you have any leads, big or small, please contact 911 as the Riverside Sheriffs Department and the Police Department are working around the clock on this investigation.”
Scheana also posted to her Instagram stories saying, “My mom and I are here in London feeling helpless. We still haven’t found him, so anyone in the Riverside area, please keep your eyes out.” Castmate Lala Kent also shared the Silver Alert on her Instagram , tagging Scheana’s mom with the caption, “URGENT. If you see this man CALL 9-11. He needs our help.”
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Scheana’s mom pleaded on social media, “He is not from the area so he will definitely be confused and disoriented. I will continue to report this all on here because the power of social media is SO insane, I never know who might see this and be able to provide ANY information to help.” She added, “Both the Riverside [Sheriff’s] Department AND the Police Department have been searching tirelessly for the last 48 hrs.” She also has an Instagram highlight on her page with additional information about her cousin.
We truly hope that Phil is found quickly and safely.
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