Missing and Wanted Persons
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"Eureka currently has one of the highest per-capita property crime rates in California for a city our size", according to a recent Eureka Police Department press release. The release further states that, "Experience shows that when people commit property crimes, they continue to offend until apprehended." To reach out to the community for help in locating "property crime" suspects the EPD has published "Eureka's Most Wanted" poster as appears below.
Anyone encountering the listed subjects should not attempt to contact or apprehend them, but rather call the Eureka Police Department immediately at (707) 441-4044 or (707) 441-4060.
The body recovered from the ocean in the area of milepost marker 3.89 South Highway 1, Gualala has been identified as that of Stephen Clark Pease, 57, from Roseville, Calif., according to press releases from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office. The body was discovered by recreational divers and retrieved by law enforcement officers on Nov. 23, 2013 and later identified through the serial number on a hip implant. Classification of the death of Stephen Clark Pease is still undetermined, and the rented silver 2014 Chevrolet Captiva with Oregon license plate 500GKN, which Mr. Pease was known to be driving, has yet to be located. Read the original press release and two updates below.
ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE:
On 11.23.13, at approximately 1230 hours, recreational divers were swimming in the Pacific Ocean near the shore in the area of milepost marker 3.89 South Highway 1, Gualala, when they located the floating body of a deceased person.
The divers called the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office. The Sonoma County Sheriff Helicopter (Henry 1), members of the South Coast Volunteer Fire Department, a California Highway Patrol Officer, and a California Department of Fish and Wildlife Warden also responded to assist with the recovery of the decedent.
The warden donned a wetsuit and swam out to the decedent and pulled him to the shore. Due to the height and steepness of the cliff it was not possible to carry the decedent up to the roadway. A Sonoma County Deputy Sheriff and a South Coast Firefighter were suspended under the helicopter and lowered to the decedent. They were able to place the decedent's remains in a litter and they were moved to an open field near the roadway with the helicopter.
The male decedent appears to have been in the water for more than a few days and no identification was located. The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office is investigating the identity of the decedent at this time.
The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office wishes to gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California Highway Patrol, and South Coast Fire Department.
UPDATED PRESS RELEASE 1:
On 11-26-13 a forensic autopsy was conducted on the decedent and during the examination the decedent was found to have hip replacement implants.
A check of the serial numbers on the implants confirmed the decedent as being Stephen Clark Pease who had been reported missing to the Roseville Police Department on 10-31-13.
The Roseville Police Department missing person‚s investigation determined Pease had checked out of a Fort Bragg area motel on 11-03-13, which was approximately 50-60 miles from where his body was recovered.
Pease was last known to be driving a rented silver 2014 Chevrolet Captiva with Oregon license plate 500GKN and at this time the vehicle's whereabouts are unknown.
The coroner's investigation is ongoing into the cause of Pease's death.
UPDATED PRESS RELEASE 2:
On 01-15-2014 the Mendocino County Chief Deputy Coroner classified the death of Stephen Clark Pease as being Undetermined due to undetermined causes.
The rented silver 2014 Chevrolet Captiva with Oregon license plate 500GKN has yet to be located even after a land and aerial search of the area where Pease was found.
Update- Jan. 10, 2014 - Ryan Grammer, 33, was located by family members yesterday afternoon, Jan., 9, 2014, according to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office. Grammer, who was reported missing on Dec. 27, 2013, by his mother, was found at a bus stop in McKinleyville. He was taken by his family to obtain medical care. The press release did not contain any additional information. The original post on this missing person appears below.
Ryan Matthew Grammer, 33 years old, (shown in the photo) was reported missing from Eureka by his mother last Friday, according to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office. Ryan, who does not own a vehicle and left his mother's residence on foot, has medical issues and is therefore is considered a high risk missing person. Grammer is described as a white male adult, 33 years old, 6’ tall, approximately 200 lbs, partially grey hair, hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a maroon sweatshirt, and a grey sweatshirt. Anyone with information which might help locate Ryan Grammer is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.
HCSO press release:
On 12-27-2013, approximately 8:00 p.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a high risk missing person. The mother of Ryan Matthew Grammer, 33 years old, reported he was last seen at her residence on Nedra Avenue, Eureka on 12-15-2013 after they had been in an argument. Ryan left her residence on foot. He does not own a vehicle. His mother became concerned after he failed to return and left all of his belongings behind. She has checked with all of his friends who have not seen nor heard from him. His mother reported that he always contacts his children on Christmas, and this year he did not. She told the investigating deputy he has medical issues which need to be addressed and treated.
Ryan Grammer is described as a white male adult, 33 years old, 6’ tall, approximately 200 lbs, partially grey hair, hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a maroon sweatshirt, and a grey sweatshirt.
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 Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.
Update - Wed., Dec. 18, 2013: Ray Fidler, wanted by the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office for suspicion of auto theft and assault with a deadly weapon (see the original post on this story below), was located in Fortuna by Fortuna Police Department officers and arrested on multiple charges. According to a press release from the Fortuna Police Dept., the arrest included recovery of two stolen vehicles and, "...hand guns, ski masks, gloves and other items consistent with committing thefts." Two other suspects were arrested along with Fidler: Blake Nicole Treadwell (age 25) and Anna Crowl (age 42). The FPD press release appears below.
FPD press release, dated Wed., Dec. 18, 2013:
Fortuna, CA - On December 17th 2013 at about 9:52 am, Officers with the Fortuna Police Department located Daniel Ray Fidler (age 40) in the 600 block of 15th Street. Fidler was known to officers and was wanted by the Humboldt County Sherriff’s Office for suspicion of auto theft and assault with a deadly weapon. Fidler attempted to flee on foot and was apprehended by officers. Daniel Ray Fidler (age 40) was taken into custody and he was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked on the following charges.
• 496(a) Penal Code, Possession of Stolen Property
• 29800(a)(1) Penal Code, Felon in possession of Firearm
• 30305(a)(1) Penal Code, Felon in possession of Ammunition
• 148(a)(1) Penal Code, Resisting Arrest
• 1203.2(a) 4 Penal Code, Violation of Probation
• Also 836/245 Penal Code, Assault with Deadly Weapon and an outstanding Arrest from Humboldt County Sherriff’s Office for Auto Theft
In the course of the investigation two stolen vehicles were recovered, two handguns were seized and we believe further serious crimes were prevented. In addition to the seized handguns officers located, ski masks, gloves and other items consistent with committing thefts.
Two additional arrests were made along with Daniel Ray Fidler (age 40). Officers arrested Blake Nicole Treadwell (age 25) and she was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where she was booked on the following charges.
• 25400(a)(2) Penal Code, Possession of Concealed Firearms
• 11377(a) Health and Safety, Possession of 11.2 grams of Methamphetamine
• 11379 Health and Safety, Transportation of Methamphetamine
Officers arrested Anna Crowl (age 42) and she was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where she was booked for an outstanding arrest warrant for Burglary.
The original post on this appears below.
According to a Humboldt County Sheriff's Office Press release, a man identified as Danny Ray Fidler (shown in the photo) is wanted for allegedly using a suspected stolen vehicle to ram another man's truck - also striking another parked car and a tree - as he was attempting to flee the area.
Fidler is described as a White male adult, 40 years old, brown hair, hazel eyes, 5’8” tall, 130 lbs., and has several tattoos on both arms. He is wanted for assault with a deadly weapon, felony vandalism, possession of stolen property, violation of probation and a previous felony warrant in another case. Anyone with information about Fidler is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff's Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539. See the complete HCSO press release below for more information.
HCSO Press Release-Fri., Dec., 13, 2013:
On 12-7-2013, approximately 9:00 a.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified of the theft of a vehicle from a garage on Akerman Lane, Carlotta. The victim told the investigating deputy he exited his home at 6:30 a.m. on 12-07-13 and noticed his garage door was open and his forest green 2011 Jeep Wrangler, California Plate 6PZA957 was missing. The victim also saw his truck which had been parked in front of his residence had been ransacked, and his garage door opener was missing. The victim had parked his Jeep in his garage the evening before and closed the garage door.
On 12-12-2013, at approximately 12:00 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified of an assault with a vehicle which just occurred in the 5400 block of Highway 36, Carlotta. A deputy and California Highway Patrol officer responded to the scene. When the investigating deputy met with the 36 year old male victim and witnesses, he learned the Jeep that was stolen on 12-7-2013, was the vehicle involved. The victim told the deputy he was working on a private driveway that leads to several residences in the 5400 block of Highway 36. The victim was aware of the stolen 2011 Jeep Wrangler, because it belonged to a friend. The victim saw the Wrangler drive past the location where he was working. He called his friend and confirmed the license plate and that it was still stolen. The victim saw the Jeep park in the driveway of a nearby residence. The victim had a co-worker call 911 to report finding the stolen Jeep, while the victim drove his Ford 350 truck to where the Jeep parked and attempted to block it in until law enforcement could arrive.
When the victim started to block the Jeep in, the driver of the Jeep put it in reverse and rammed the victim’s truck to escape. The Jeep rammed the victim’s truck, and also struck an unoccupied parked 2008 Nissan Altima and a tree before fleeing the area.
The victim was uninjured; however, his truck and the Altima sustained several thousand dollars in damage. Deputies located witnesses who also saw the intentional ramming.
Deputies learned during their investigation, the person driving the stolen Jeep was identified as Danny Ray Fidler, 40 years old. Fidler has an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest for violation of Post Community Release Supervision. He is also on felony probation for stealing a vehicle, fleeing a police officer and transportation of a controlled substance.
A be-on-the-lookout for the Jeep and Fiddler was issued to area wide law enforcement. Besides the arrest warrant, Fidler is wanted for assault with a deadly weapon, felony vandalism, possession of stolen property and violation of probation.
Danny Ray Fidler is described as follows: White male adult, 40 years old, brown hair, hazel eyes, 5’8” tall, 130 lbs. He has several tattoos on both arms.
Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.