The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has suspended their search after (5) five days for the victim, 22 year old Paul Michael Martin. The Sheriff’s Office deployed their boats on the river along with Hoopa Tribal Police Department boats to search for the victim. A United States Coast Guard helicopter also was used to fly the river looking for the victim.
On Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at about 5:10 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a report of three people in the Trinity River near Tish Tang Campground, in Hoopa. Deputies arrived and met with Hoopa Valley Tribal Police Officers, Hoopa Volunteer Fire personnel, and the US Coast Guard. It was learned that three male subjects entered the Trinity River at Tish Tang Creek at about 4:30 p.m. All three subjects got caught in the swift current and carried downstream.
The first subject was able to swim to shore where he requested help. The second subject was located near Vista Point on a riverbank. HVTPD rescued the second subject by boat and returned him to safety. The third subject was not located.
Deputies along with rescue personnel searched for the third subject, 22 year old Paul Michael Martin until dark. The search for Martin continues today, Thursday, April 7, 2016.
Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.