Unsolved Cases

The following is a list of unsolved homicide and/or missing persons cases held by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. This list does not include all homicides and missing persons for Humboldt County. Cases being investigated by other local law enforcement entities will not be on this list. This list will be updated as new information is received or progress is made on a case. Some information and/or cases may not be available or listed due to the investigative status of a case.

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A case is considered unsolved and eligible to be placed in this database if:

  • There are no known suspects or suspects have been identified but the case lacks sufficient evidence needed to meet probable cause requirements for prosecution;
  • The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is the primary investigating agency on this case;
  • The case occurred in 2019 or earlier.

If you have information to share with our office about a case, please contact our Crime Tip Line at 707-268-2539, submit information using our Online Crime Tip Form, or email hsotipline@co.humboldt.ca.us. Please reference the case number associated with the case when reporting information.

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2010-2019

calderone 3
Name: Anthony Joseph
Calderone
Also Known As:
AJ
Case Number: 201806333
Race: White
Sex: Male
DOB: 6/20/1971
City of Residency: Mad River, CA
Synopsis: On December 7, 2018, at about 2:49 a.m., Anthony Calderone was located deceased in his vehicle on Highway 36 near Mile Marker 43. 
riccobono
Name: Salvatore Riccobono IV
Case Number: 201801945
Race: White
Sex: Male
DOB: 7/7/1987
City of Residency: Antioch, CA
Synopsis: On April 23, 2018, at about 5:03 a.m., deputies were dispatched to U.S. Highway 101 near Salmon Creek for the report of a subject struck by a vehicle. It was later determined that the victim, Salvatore Riccobono was deceased prior to the traffic collision and his death was determined to be a homicide.
pacheco
Name: Saul Perez Pacheco
Case Number: 201800009
Race: Hispanic
Sex: Male
DOB: 7/6/1989
City of Residency: Unknown
Synopsis: On January 1, 2018, at about 5 a.m., deputies were dispatched to Gerald Phelps Hospital in Garberville for a gunshot victim. The victim, Saul Pacheco, succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.
dix, matt
Name: Matthew Thomas Dix
Case Number: 201705967
Race: White
Sex: Male
DOB: 9/2/1990
City of Residency: Manila, CA
Synopsis: On December 2, 2017, at about 3 a.m., Matthew Dix was located deceased sitting in his vehicle parked in the driveway outside of his residence in Manila. 
OCONNER
Name: Lawrence O’Connor
Case Number: 201604450
Race: White
Sex: Male
DOB: 6/11/1966
City of Residency: Eureka, CA
Synopsis: On September 5, 2016, Lawrence O’Connor and David Sims were located deceased at a rural property in Hyampom. Their deaths were determined to be a double homicide. 
SIMS 2
Name: David Michael Sims
Also Known As: "Skids"
Case Number: 201604450
Race: White
Sex: Male
DOB: 12/19/1968
City of Residency: Samoa, CA
Synopsis: On September 5, 2016, David Sims and Lawrence O’Connor were located deceased at a rural property in Hyampom. Their deaths were determined to be a double homicide. 
GAWBOY
Name: Stephanie Gawboy
Case Number: 201604171
Race: White
Sex: Female
DOB: 2/24/1964
City of Residency: Redway, CA
Synopsis: On August 17, 2016 at about 9:30 a.m., Stephanie Gawboy was located deceased inside of a residence on the 100 block of Redway Drive in Redway.
hudson
Name: Dana N Hudson
Case Number: 201604099
Race: White
Sex: Male
DOB: 2/13/1972
City of Residency: Blue Lake, CA
Synopsis: On August 12, 2016, at about 11:59 a.m., deputies were dispatched Highway 299 Mile Marker 21 for the report of a robbery that had just occurred. The victim, Dana Hudson, later succumbed to his injuries sustained during the robbery. The incident was later determined to have actually occurred on Sabretooth Road.
Brails McCutchin

Name: Brials Mccutcheon
Case Number: 201604001
Race: White
Sex: Male
DOB: 9/20/1974
City of Residency: Eureka, CA
Synopsis: On Aug. 6, 2016, at about 5:42 p.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 4300 block of Crestview Drive in Eureka for the report of a possible suicide. Deputies arrived on scene and located Brials Mccutcheon deceased inside of his vehicle. His death was later determined to be a homicide.
RUIZ
Name: Arthur Ruiz
Case Number: 201600470
Race: Native American
Sex: Male
DOB: 10/20/1973
City of Residency: Hoopa, CA
Synopsis: Arthur Ruiz was reported missing on Jan. 12, 2016 by family members. Ruiz’s remains were located on Jan. 28, 2016 in the area of Redwood Grove Road in Hoopa.
deleon
Name: John (aka “Johnny”) Henry Deleon
Case Number: 201501307
Race: Hispanic
Sex: Male
DOB: 5/17/1988
City of Residency: San Jose, CA
Synopsis: John Deleon was reported missing on October 30, 2014 by family members. On March 22, 2015 Deleon’s remains were located in a remote area near Baird Road in Hoopa.
flaherty
Name: Robert James Flaherty
Case Number: 201404875
Race: White
Sex: Male
DOB: 3/29/1984
City of Residency: 
Synopsis: Robert Flaherty was reported missing in July of 2014 by family members. On Oct. 14, 2014 Flaherty was located deceased at a camp in a wooded area off Redwood Drive in Garberville.
raya, luis

Name: Luis Edwardo Raya
Case Number: 201403732
Also Known As: Luis Edwardo Garcia Raya, “Perico”
Race: Hispanic
Sex: Male
DOB: 2/28/1983
City of Residency: Arcata, CA
Synopsis: Luis Raya was last seen on June 14, 2014 at about 8:30 p.m. at his home in Arcata by family members. Raya was no longer at the home when family members returned to the residence later that evening. Raya reportedly worked at a marijuana farm in Miranda and was possibly seen in June or July of 2014 in the Southern Humboldt area. On August 10, 2014, skeletal remains belonging to Raya were discovered at Cuneo Creek State Park near Bull Creek.
JOHNSON, SCOTT

Name: Scott William Johnson
Case Number: 201403367
Race: White
Sex: Male
DOB: 9/2/1956
City of Residency: Alderpoint, CA
Synopsis: On July 21, 2014, 7 p.m., Scott Johnson was reportedly searching for a known homicide suspect in the Rancho Sequoia area when he was shot and killed by an unknown person(s). Johnson was located deceased in the roadway in the Willow Lane area of Rancho Sequoia Drive.
FRANKS

Name: Sheila Franks
Case Number: 201401174
Race: White
Sex: Female
DOB: 7/19/1976
City of Residency: Fortuna, CA
Synopsis: Sheila Franks was reported missing on March 13, 2014 by a family member. On June 10, 2019, skeletal remains were located at Crab Park in Loleta. DNA analysis confirmed that the remains belonged to Franks.   
BROOKS
Name: Danielle Nicole Brooks
Case Number: 201400805
Also Known As: Danielle Nicole Bertolini
Race: White
Sex: Female
DOB: 3/6/1990
City of Residency: Fortuna, CA
Synopsis: Danielle Brooks was reported missing to the Fortuna Police Department on February 19, 2014 by family members. Danielle was last seen around February 9, 2014 in the Swains Flat area. On March 9, 2015, skeletal remains believed to belong to Brooks were located in the Eel River bed near Howe Creek in Ferndale.  
rodriguez
Name: Garret Alan Rodriguez
Case Number: 201302060
Race: White
Sex: Male
DOB: 5/2/1983
City of Residency: San Diego, CA
Synopsis: Garret Rodriguez was reported missing by a family member on April 25, 2013. Garrett was believed to be working on a marijuana farm in Southern Humboldt County. Garret’s body was located in a shallow grave on a rural property in Southern Humboldt on December 1, 2013.
JENSEN
Name: Edward Burton Jensen Jr.
Case Number: 201104203
Race: White
Sex: Male
DOB: 12/9/1956
City of Residency: Redway, CA
Synopsis: Edward Jensen was reported missing on April 28, 2011 by a family member. Jensen was last seen around April 14, 2011, when he reportedly walked away from a rural property located in the Larabee Creek Sub-Division in Blocksburg after a brief verbal argument with a subject on the property. On July 28, 2011, Jensen’s remains were located on the Eel River bar in Redcrest.
juan

Name: Sumi Gail Juan
Case Number: 201007024
Race: Native American
Sex: Female
DOB: 11/2/1977
City of Residency: Hoopa, CA
Synopsis: Sumi Juan was reported missing to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office on October 29, 2010. She was last seen by family members in early October or September 2010 at Hoopa Elementary School. Juan has not been seen since her disappearance and is missing under suspicious circumstances.



2000-2009

tennison
Name: Robert Joseph Tennison
Case Number: 200901826
Race: White
Sex: Male
DOB: 9/11/1971
City of Residency: Keyes, CA
Synopsis: Robert “Bobby” Tennison was reported missing to the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office on February 9, 2009. Tennison had recently moved to the Alderpoint area and was living with friends when he went missing. Tennison was last seen at a residence in Rancho Sequoia sometime between January 21 and February 1, 2009.
boyd, rosemarie
Name: Rosemarie Wendy Boyd
Case Number: 200806077
Race: White
Sex: Female
DOB: 1/13/1960
City of Residency: Fortuna, CA
Synopsis: Rosemarie Wendy Boyd was located deceased on the Eel River riverbar south of the Fortuna River Lodge on September 16, 2008. Her death was determined to be a homicide.
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Unidentified Human Remains
Case Number: 200606258
Race: Unknown, Suspected European ancestry
Sex: Unknown
DOB: Unknown, Suspected 40+ years of age
City of Residency: Unknown
Synopsis: On October 11, 2006, unidentified skeletal human remains were located on Green Diamond property on Road CR2158 in Fieldbrook. Cause and manner of death is unknown.
DESMET

Name: Michael William Desmet
Case Number: 200505637
Race: White
Sex: Male
DOB: 11/12/1971
City of Residency: Shelter Cove, CA
Synopsis: Michael Desmet was reportedly last contacted on August 26, 2005 in the afternoon. Desmet was reportedly in Covelo, CA with Joseph Clarence Wilma Jr. at a property owned by Wilma Jr. The two men were last seen driving a 1998 Maroon Toyota Pickup Truck, CA Plate: 7067771. Desmet was possibly last seen with Wilma Jr. in the China Creek area of Southern Humboldt County.
wilma jr

Name: Joseph Clarence Wilma Jr. 
Case Number: 200505727
Race: White
Sex: Male
DOB: 6/18/1953
City of Residency: Covelo, CA
Synopsis: Joesph Wilma Jr. was reportedly last contacted on August 26, 2005 in the afternoon. Wilma Jr. was reportedly in Covelo, CA, at his property with Michael William Desmet. The two men were last seen driving a 1998 Maroon Toyota Pickup Truck, CA Plate: 7067771. Wilma Jr. was possibly last seen with Desmet in the China Creek area of Southern Humboldt County.
THOMPSON

Name: Bradley Milan Thompson
Case Number: 200501271
Race: White
Sex: Male
DOB: 9/24/1960
City of Residency: Myers Flat, CA
Synopsis: Bradley Thompson was reported missing on March 1, 2005. On November 6, 2008, Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a gravel quarry in Scotia for the report of skeletal remains located at the site. Deputies recovered the remains and through DNA analysis determined that the remains belonged to Thompson.
TOBAKA

Name: Robert J. Tobaka
Case Number: 200401181
Race: White
Sex: Male
DOB: 8/13/1950
City of Residency: Eureka, CA
Synopsis: Robert Tobaka’s remains were located in Pepperwood, CA on February 18, 2004. Tobaka was last seen alive December of 2003. Tobaka’s manner of death appears to be homicide.
TAYLOR

Name: Joan Pendrell Taylor
Case Number: 200307852
Race: White
Sex: Female
DOB: 8/4/1940
City of Residency: Arcata, CA
Synopsis: On November 26, 2003, at about 2 p.m., Joan Taylor reportedly left her residence in the Jacoby Creek area on foot and has never returned..
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Name: Sean Thomas Akselsen
Case Number: 200305658
Race: White
Sex: Male
DOB: 01/30/1984
City of Residency: Whitethorn, CA
Synopsis: On August 25, 2003, Sean Akselsen was located deceased at the Briceland-Thorne Junction in Briceland. Akselsen’s death has been determined a homicide.
GIAQUE

Name: Christopher Robert Giaque
Case Number: 200305305
Race: White
Sex: Male
DOB: 2/02/1967
City of Residency: Salmon Creek, CA
Synopsis: On August 9, 2003, Christopher “Chris” Giaque went to collect money owed from a marijuana business partner on Spy Rock Road and never returned. Giaque’s pickup truck was found parked on the side of Highway 254 on August 13, 2003.
REARDON 2

Name: Robert Charles Reardon
Case Number: 200109595
Race: White
Sex: Male
DOB: 3/26/1939
City of Residency: Eureka, CA
Synopsis: On July 29, 2001, Robert “Bob” Reardon was located deceased in a milk barn on the 5600 block of Elk River Road. Reardon’s manner of death appears to be homicide.


1990-1999

CUNNINGHAM
Name: Ross Carson Cunningham
Case Number: 199904305
Race: White
Sex: Male
DOB: 7/4/1963
City of Residency: Loleta, CA
Synopsis: Ross Carson Cunningham was located deceased in his bed on May 8, 1999 at his residence on the 2300 block of Hookton Drive in Loleta. Cunningham’s manner of death appears to be homicide.

LEAVITT
Name: Tawnya Marie Leavitt
Case Number: 199800650
Race: White
Sex: Female
DOB: 5/12/1982
City of Residency: Eureka, CA
Synopsis: On February 1, 1998, Tawnya Leavitt was located deceased in the grassy area off of the north end of the Samoa Airstrip by Coast Guard crews training in the area.
Carracciolo
Name: Steven M. Carracciolo
Case Number: 199707434
Race: White
Sex: Male
DOB: 7/27/1971
City of Residency: Rockville, NY
Synopsis: Steven Carracciolo was reported missing out of New York State. Caracciolo, an avid bicyclist, reportedly began a cross-country road trip and picked up hitchhikers along the way. On November 13, 1997, skeletal remains were located along the Eel River near the Pepperwood Summer Bridge by a CDC crew working in the area. DNA analysis determined the remains belonged to Caracciolo. Caracciolo’s death has been determined to be a homicide. He is believed to have been murdered sometime during the night in early October.
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Name: Unidentified Human Remains 
Case Number: 199707013
Race: Suspected White
Sex: Female
DOB: Unknown, possibly 18-25 years old at death
City of Residency: Unknown
Synopsis: On October 26, 1997, incomplete remains of a female were located floating in the Freshwater Slough near Park Street in Myrtletown, Eureka. Additional remains believed to belong to the female were located on January 29, 1998, in the surf south of Clam Beach. A forensic autopsy determined the victim to possibly be a white female, approximately 18-25 years old, 5’3”-5’4”, 120-125 pounds, with brown or auburn hair. Pathologists determined the female to be a non-smoker and had possibly borne a child in her lifetime. Her death has been determined to be a homicide.
albiani

Name: Sandra Kay Albiani
Case Number: 199703626
Race: White
Sex: Female
DOB: 5/4/1952
City of Residency: Scotia, CA
Synopsis: Sandra Albiani was working as a security guard at the Pacific Lumber Company on June 9, 1997 when she went missing during her shift, sometime in the early morning hours. Albiani’s body was discovered later that afternoon buried on the property.
ERIC SCOTT DAY

Name: Eric Scott Day
Case Number: 199702426
Race: White
Sex: Male
DOB: 7/13/1971
City of Residency: Scotia, CA
Synopsis: Eric Day was last seen in Rio Dell on/around February 17, 1997. Day reportedly had a broken leg and was using crutches prior to his disappearance. Day reportedly had acquaintances in the Stafford area and may have been in the Southern Humboldt area in the days surrounding his disappearance.
ABBEY

Name: Keith Lynn Abbey Jr.
Also Known As: Bud
Case Number: 199305414
Race: White
Sex: Male
Age at Death: 32
City of Residency: Transient
Synopsis: On August 16, 1993, Keith Lynn Abbey was found deceased on the North Jetty Beach near Samoa. His death has been determined to be a homicide.
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Name: John Wyatt Jameton
Case Number: 199305192
Race: White
Sex: Male
DOB: 9/18/1972
City of Residency: Garberville, CA
Synopsis: On August 5, 1993, John Jameton was found deceased on Overpack Grove Road in the Richardson Grove area. His death has been determined to be a homicide.
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Name: John Gregory Potter
Case Number: 199302464
Race: White
Sex: Male
DOB: 4/5/1954
City of Residency: Unknown
Synopsis: John Gregory Potter was discovered missing from a residence in Whitethorn on March 27, 1993. On April 13, 1993, Potter was located deceased in the Mattole River near Whitethorn.
Resources: Potter Case Press Releases
ellis

Name: Curtis Lee Ellis
Case Number: 199107762
Race: White
Sex: Male
DOB: 4/7/1960
City of Residency: Eureka, CA
Synopsis: Curtis Lee Elis was reported missing to the Eureka Police Department on August 8, 1990. Ellis was last seen in late February 1990 and was reportedly leaving to visit Texas. Skeletal remains identified as belonging to Ellis were located on December 29, 1992, by a tourist in the area of the Avenue of the Giants near Myers Flat. Ellis’ cause of death is unknown and his death is considered suspicious.
Resources: Ellis Case Press Releases
Andrea-White

Name: Andrea Jerri White
Also Known As: Chick White
Case Number: 199104746
Race: Native American
Sex: Femalepotter
DOB: 11/14/1968
City of Residency: Hoopa, CA
Synopsis: Andrea “Chick” White was last seen on July 31, 1991 at about 1:30 p.m. hitchhiking along Highway 299 eastbound, east of Blue Lake. Investigative information indicates that White may have received a ride from that location in a white over green 1964 Chevy Impala four-door with mud/snow tires on the rear.
Resources: White Case Press Releases.
maniaci

Name: Gerrold Robin Maniaci
Case Number: 199005189
Race: White
Sex: Male
DOB: 11/17/1959
City of Residency: Garberville, CA
Synopsis: Gerrold Maniaci was reported missing by a family member on July 23, 1990. He was reportedly last seen on June 3, 1990 in Phillipsville.
Dottie Willis

Name: Dottie Jean Willis
Case Number: 199004346
Race: White
Sex: Female
DOB: 5/12/1953
City of Residency: Eureka, CA
Synopsis: On June 21, 1990, Dottie Willis was found deceased at the north end of Heindon Road near Arcata. Her death has been determined to be a homicide.
Robert Alexander

Name: Robert Monroe Alexander
Case Number: 199000693
Race: White
Sex: Male
DOB: 6/12/1925
City of Residency: Westhaven, CA
Synopsis: On January 22, 1990, Robert Alexander was reported missing to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. As part of their investigation, deputies searched a property associated with Alexander on the 300 block of Old Wagon Road. Alexander’s remains were located buried on the property on January 24, 1990.


1980-1989

meinhart

Name: Donald Eugene Meinhardt
Also Known As: Little Donnie
Case Number: 198807676
Race: White
Sex: Male
DOB: 12/02/1939
City of Residency: Unknown
Synopsis: Donald Eugene Meinhardt is suspected to have been killed during a motorcycle gang incident in Southern Humboldt County. Meinhardt has never been located.
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Name: Kay Josephine Adams
Case Number: 198706775
Race: White
Sex: Female
DOB: 10/1/1938
City of Residency: Hyampom, CA
Synopsis: Kay Adams was reported missing in August of 1987. Her remains were located in November of 1987 on a rural property near Willow Creek.
bushbacher

Name: Edward Martin Buschbacher Jr.
Case Number: 198405604
Race: White
Sex: Male
DOB: 3/24/1956
State of Residency: Wyoming
Synopsis: On November 14, 1984, Edward Buschbacher Jr. and Randy Peters were reported missing by a friend after they failed to arrive home from a visit to Humboldt County. On November 24, 1984, Buschbacher and Peters were located deceased on a marijuana farm near Weitchpec. Their causes of death were determined to be gunshot wounds.
Resources: Buschbacher Case Press Releases
peters

Name: Randy Clay Peters
Case Number: 198405604
Race: White
Sex: Male
DOB: 2/13/1953
State of Residency: Michigan
Synopsis: On November 14, 1984, Edward Buschbacher Jr. and Randy Peters were reported missing by a friend after they failed to arrive home from a visit to Humboldt County. On November 24, 1984, Buschbacher and Peters were located deceased on a marijuana farm near Weitchpec. Their causes of death were determined to be gunshot wounds.
Resources: Peters Case Press Releases
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Name: Lydia Bereshnyi
Also Known As: Lydia Marcinkowski
Case Number: 198204387
Race: White
Sex: Female
DOB: 3/24/1951
City of Residency: Garberville, CA
Synopsis: Lydia Bereshnyi was located deceased on September 7, 1982 at a secluded campsite on the riverbank near the Sprowel Creek Bridge. Bereshnyi’s cause of death was determined to be strangulation.
Resources: Bereshnyi Case Press Releases
silva

Name: Clifford John Silva Jr.
Case Number: 198201589
Race: White
Sex: Male
DOB: 4/6/1947
City of Residency: Southern Humboldt
Synopsis: Clifford Silva Jr. was located deceased on Zenia Bluff Road on April 5, 1982. Silva was reportedly last seen riding with two other male adults in a blue and white GMC truck around September-October 1981.  
brown

Name: Suzanne Michelle Brown
Also Known As: Suzanne Stafford, Suzanne Peterson
Case Number: 198105397
Race: White
Sex: Female
DOB: 4/17/1957
City of Residency: Klamath Falls, OR
Synopsis: Suzanne Michelle Brown was located deceased on October 10, 1981 in brush along Kneeland Road near Freshwater Park. Brown was reportedly last seen alive on October 1, 1981 leaving a nearby KOA campground to attend a concert at Humboldt State University. Brown left behind a four-year-old daughter. Her death was determined to be a homicide.
COEN

Name: Deryl Edward Coen
Case Number: 198007499
Race: White
Sex: Male
DOB: 7/27/1952
City of Residency: Eureka, CA
Synopsis: Deryl Edward Coen was located deceased on November 30, 1980 at a residence on Fruitland Ridge Road in Myers Flat. His death was determined to be a homicide.


1970-1979

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Name: Charles Richard Frint
Case Number: 197801225
Race: White
Sex: Male
DOB: 7/6/1932
City of Residency: McKinleyville, CA
Synopsis: Charles Richard Frint was located deceased on February 15, 1978 at a residence on the 1900 block of Gwin Road in McKinleyville. His death was determined to be a homicide.
stuart

Name: Mary Elizabeth Stuart
Also Known As: Mary Danckert.
Case Number: 197711201
Race: White
Sex: Female
DOB: 4/25/1945
City of Residency: Honeydew, CA
Synopsis: Mary Elizabeth Stuart and her two daughters, Jessie Flo Stuart and Fannie Fawn Stuart, were reported missing on December 13, 1977. Mary Stuart and her two daughters were last seen on December 10, 1977 leaving their residence near Honeydew to go shopping in Eureka. Mary Stuart was reportedly driving a red 1969 Opel station wagon with California license plate 456AII. The three failed to return home that evening. On January 1, 1978, Mary Stuart’s station wagon was located on an unused logging road 1-1/2 miles from the Stuart residence. Despite searches of the area, Mary and her children were never found.
Resources: Stuart Case Press Release
jessie stuart

Name: Jessie Flo Stuart
Case Number: 197711201
Race: White
Sex: Female
Age at Time of Missing: 2 Years Old
City of Residency: Honeydew, CA
Synopsis: Mary Elizabeth Stuart and her two daughters, Jessie Flo Stuart and Fannie Fawn Stuart, were reported missing on December 13, 1977. Mary Stuart and her two daughters were last seen on December 10, 1977 leaving their residence near Honeydew to go shopping in Eureka. Mary Stuart was reportedly driving a red 1969 Opel station wagon with California license plate 456AII. The three failed to return home that evening. On January 1, 1978, Mary Stuart’s station wagon was located on an unused logging road 1-1/2 miles from the Stuart residence. Despite searches of the area, Mary and her children were never found.
Resources: Stuart Case Press Release
fannie stuart

Name: Fannie Fawn Stuart
Case Number: 197711201
Race: White
Sex: Female
Age at Time of Missing: 2 Years Old
City of Residency: Honeydew, CA
Synopsis: Mary Elizabeth Stuart and her two daughters, Jessie Flo Stuart and Fannie Fawn Stuart, were reported missing on December 13, 1977. Mary Stuart and her two daughters were last seen on December 10, 1977 leaving their residence near Honeydew to go shopping in Eureka. Mary Stuart was reportedly driving a red 1969 Opel station wagon with California license plate 456AII. The three failed to return home that evening. On January 1, 1978, Mary Stuart’s station wagon was located on an unused logging road 1-1/2 miles from the Stuart residence. Despite searches of the area, Mary and her children were never found.
Resources: Stuart Case Press Release
victoria

Name: Victoria Lynn Schneider
Also Known As: Vickie
Case Number: 197605703
Race: White
Sex: Female
DOB: 9/12/1956
City of Residency: Eureka, CA
Synopsis: Victoria Lynn Schneider was last seen leaving her home in Eureka on June 16, 1976, to hitchhike to Samoa Beach. Schneider was located deceased, buried in a shallow grave on Samoa Beach on June 30, 1976.
smith

Name: Sherrie Lynn Smith
Case Number: 197603718
Race: White
Sex: Female
DOB: 9/4/1960
City of Residency: Miranda, CA
Synopsis:  Sherrie Lynn Smith was last seen on April 30, 1976, attending a dance with friends at a Fireman’s Hall in Southern Humboldt County. Smith was reportedly staying with a friend in Alderpoint at the time of her disappearance and had not been in contact with family for approximately five days. Smith’s body was located on May 2, 1976 on a small dirt road in the area of Fruitland Ridge Road.
fischer

Name: Karen Ann Fischer
Case Number: 197600514
Race: White
Sex: Female
DOB: 4/24/1953
City of Residency: Boulder, CO
Synopsis: Karen Fischer was reported missing on January 15, 1976 by her boyfriend. Fisher was reportedly last seen by her boyfriend on January 14, 1976 at approximately 9:50 a.m. in Arcata where she was planning to hitchhike to go sightseeing in the Trinidad area. Members of the Coast Guard reported seeing Fischer on Trinidad Head at approximately 12:25 p.m. that day in the company of a male subject described as 6 feet tall, medium build, with blonde/light brown hair, wearing light/tan clothes. On January 18, 1976, Fischer was located deceased on a small trail at the top of Trinidad Head.
bowman

Name: Janet Lee Bowman
Case Number: 197509543
Race: White
Sex: Female
DOB: 7/14/1956
City of Residency: Eureka, CA
Synopsis: Janet Lee Bowman was last seen at the Eureka Welfare Office on September 30, 1975 and was known to hitchhike for transport. Bowman was located deceased in a wooded area off of Highway 299 near Blue Lake after Sheriff’s Investigators received an anonymous letter describing the whereabout of her remains.





1960-1969

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Unidentified Human Remains
Case Number: 196803508
Race: White
Sex: Male
Age at Death: 40 – 55 Years Old
City of Residency: Unknown
Synopsis: On May 1, 1968, skeletal remains of a male adult were found partially buried in a shallow grave a short distance from the shoulder of the road of Highway 299, approximately six miles west of Willow Creek. The man is believed to have been deceased over six months prior to the discovery of his remains. The deceased is believed to be a white male, possibly of European descent, 5 feet 4.25 inches – 5 feet 8.5 inches tall, medium to heavy build, brown hair, 40 – 55 years old, with a deep chest and stock trunk. The decedent was found wearing a knitted nylon olive green slip-over shirt, gray cotton twill trousers with an elastic belt and lion emblem belt buckle, and brown ¾ lace top boots.
svendsen

Name: Stanley Eugene Svendsen
Case Number: 196708211
Race: White
Sex: Male
Age at Death: 36 Years Old
City of Residency: Unknown
Synopsis: Stanley Eugene Svendsen was discovered deceased by friends in a cabin in Phillipsville on October 4, 1967. Svendsen’s manner of death was determined to be a homicide resulting from a physical altercation.


1950-1959

vera

Name: Vera Vetterlin Weitzel
Also Known As: Sandy Vetterlin
Case Number: 195806326
Race: White
Sex: Female
DOB: 8/31/1923
City of Residency: Eureka, CA
Synopsis: Vera Vetterlin Weitzel was reported missing to the Eureka Police Department on November 8, 1958. Weitzel was last seen in Hoopa on October 30, 1958. Her vehicle was located abandoned on November 6, 1958 on Highway 299. Weitzel’s remains were located near the North Fork of the Mad River on January 10, 1959.
KELLEY 2

Name: Barbara Joe Kelley
Case Number: 195003681
Race: White
Sex: Female
Age at Time of Missing: 17 Years Old
City of Residency: Fortuna, CA
Synopsis: On June 18, 1950, Barbara Joe Kelley’s boyfriend Henry Baird was located deceased on the beach at Table Bluff. Kelley’s belonging were located nearby Baird’s remains. Law enforcement and family has been unable to contact Kelley and she remains missing today.  
baird

Name: Henry Lawrence Baird
Also Known As: Red
Case Number: 195003681
Race: White
Sex: Male
Age at Time of Missing: 28 Years Old
City of Residency: Eureka, CA
Synopsis: On June 18, 1950, Henry Lawrence Baird was located deceased on the beach at Table Bluff. His cause of death was determined to be a gunshot wound. His girlfriend Barbara Kelley’s belonging were located nearby Baird’s remains. Law enforcement and family has been unable to contact Kelley and she remains missing today.