Missing and Wanted Persons

Missing and Wanted Persons

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

EPD seeks public's help in missing woman case

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Update on this post
According to information received from the Eureka Police Department as of March 1, 2012:

Esther Harris (aka: Cunningham / Street name: Miss Jo) has not be located as of this date and we are still seeking information on her from the public.  Joe Byers was contacted but did not have information regarding her location.

According to a press release from the Eureka Police Department, dated Feb. 21, 2012:
The Eureka Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in locating a 50 year old woman named Esther Harris. Esther was reported missing by her father in January. Esther has also used the last name of Cunningham and has a street name of "Miss Jo". Esther is about 5'06", 105 lbs with brown hair and brown eyes. Esther was last seen in the Arcata area in November of 2011 with a man named Joe Byers.

If anyone has information on Esther Harris or how to contact Joe Byers they are urged to contact PSO Mary Anderson at (707) 441-4300 or dispatch at (707) 441-4044.

Update on this incident:
According to a Times-Standard article posted on-line Jan 12, 2012:

The Trinity County Sheriff's Office arrested John Robert Powell on suspicion of murdering his stepfather. Click here to read more...

According to a press release from the Trinity County Sheriff's Office, dated Jan.11, 2012:
The Trinity County Sheriff’s Office is looking for John Robert Powell of Mad River for questioning regarding the shooting on January 9, 2012 involving his stepfather Jonathon William Powell. John R. Powell may be armed and is considered dangerous. Anyone knowing his whereabouts is urged not to approach him but to call your local Police or Sheriff’s Department right away or to call Trinity County Sheriff’s Office at 530-623-2611.

John R. Powell was arrested on January 6, 2012 by the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office for a misdemeanor warrant out of Humboldt County. Powell was cited out and released from the Trinity County Jail the night of January 6, 2012.

Background on January 9 shooting:
On January 9, 2012 at 5:58 pm Trinity County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center received a 911 call from Janette Powell stating that she came home to her residence in Ruth, CA to find her husband Jonathon William Powell deceased with gunshot wound(s). There was not any evidence of a break-in, burglary or robbery at the scene.

Photo of John Robert Powell-wanted for questioning:

According to a press release from the Fortuna Police Department, posted Dec. 10, 2011:
On December 10, 2011 at about 12:30pm, officers with the Fortuna Police Department responded to the 3000 block of Church Street (City of Fortuna) to conduct a probation search on one of the residents. Upon arrival, officers observed 29 year old - Franklin “Tyler” Whilden fleeing from the rear of the residence. Although Whilden was not a resident and not the target of the probation search, officers had knowledge that he was currently wanted. Officers pursued Whilden on foot as he fled through several yards of the residential area. Officers then lost sight of Whilden, and after an extensive search, they were unable to locate him. “Whilden has an extensive criminal history and is currently on several counts of probation in addition to the several warrants,” said Sgt. Charles Ellebrecht, “He needs to be removed from our streets”.
Whilden’s history includes several charges including: Vehicle Theft, Drug Possession, Vandalism, Grand Theft, and Evading Law Enforcement. Whilden is still wanted, and anyone with information on his location is encouraged to contact the Fortuna Police Department’s Crime Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME. Callers may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00 for information leading to his arrest and conviction.
Franklin “Tyler” Whilden:
Update to this post:   According to an article in the Mon., Nov. 14, 2011 edition of the Times Standard On-line
On Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, around noon, Sheriff's Deputies found the body of missing local women, Jamie Ritchey, on the bank of the Eel River between Garberville and Redway. After an extensive search, Humboldt County Sheriff Sgt. Wayne Hanson and another detective located Ritchey's body in some brush at the base of a bluff near the intersection of Redwood Drive and Evergreen Drive. The Humboldt County Coroner's Office identified the body and notified the next of kin.  An autopsy will be done to determine the cause of death.
Earlier Photo of Jamie Ritchey

According to information received by KMUD News:
Jaymie Ritchey has been missing since Wed., Oct. 19th, 2011.  She was last seen on Redwood Drive hitch-hiking to Garberville around midnight or 1 am.  Jaymie previously worked at Redway Liquor, but not for the last couple of years. 
Jaymie is described as a 40 year old female with red, shoulder length hair and green eyes/5'3" tall and 150 pounds. She was last seen wearing a beige shirt and jeans. The public is being requested by family and friends to help locate Jaymie. Click here for the KMUD News broadcast of this story.
Information received by KMUD News indicates that a reward fund has been set up for information that leads to locating Jaymie Ritchey.  Supporters can donate to the account at the Community Credit Union of Southern Humboldt in Garberville- account number 7431- extension 51.
If you have any information which may help locate Jaymie Ritchey please call:
Humboldt County Sheriff's Detective, Cheryl Franco, at 707-268-3644  or 
Jaymie's mom, Kat Grey:  707-223-0228 or
Redway Liquor: 923-3913 or
Elaine:  707-223-4922 

Missing- Jaymie Ritchey: 


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