21December2014

Missing and Wanted Persons

Missing and Wanted Persons

Browse this section to find information and photos (when available) for missing persons and persons wanted by law enforcement agencies.

Benjamin Jasper Carter (shown in the photo) is wanted for questioning in connection with the murder of Zackery Jacob Chapman, age 36, from Redway. Chapman's body was found Last Saturday, April 19, 2014, just off of Kimtu Road, Garberville. On Friday the 18th, after the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received information regarding a possible homicide, Melinda Elaine Carter (shown in the photo below), age 41, the wife of suspect Benjamin Jasper Carter, was arrested in Redway for conspiracy and accessory to a homicide, auto theft and arson. According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, the homicide is believed to have occurred on a property off Conic Creek, Garberville, where a trailer on the property had been burned down, possibly in an attempt to conceal evidence. The HCSO press releases appear below.

Carter is described to as a white male, age 33, 6’3”, 180 lbs., brown hair, and blue eyes. Carter’s head may be shaved bald and he may have a goatee and mustache. Carter has multiple tattoos on his chest, back, arms, legs, and neck. Carter is associated with a black GMC truck, CA license 6R68046. The truck has a blue tailgate with an Oakland Raiders design and front end damage. Carter is believed to be armed and dangerous - if seen, do not approach the suspect and contact law enforcement.

If anyone has information on this homicide they are encouraged to call Investigator Cheryl Franco at 707-268-3644 or the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251. 


HCSO press release, dated April 21, 2014:
On 04-18-2014 at about 10:30pm, Humboldt County Sheriff Office Detectives arrested Melinda Elaine Carter age 41 for conspiracy and accessory to a homicide, auto theft and arson.  Melinda Carter was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility in Eureka where her bail was set at $750,000 dollars. Detectives located Melinda Carter in a motel room at the Brass Rail Motel in Redway where they had served a search warrant related to the homicide investigation. Melinda Carter is the wife of the suspect, Benjamin Jasper Carter age 33, who has not been arrested yet in connection of the homicide.

On 04-19-2014 at about 12:30pm, a citizen dialed 9-1-1 after locating a deceased male body just off Kimtu Road, Garberville. The body was in the water near the river bank. Sheriff’s Office Detectives, who were in the area immediately responded to the scene. Sheriff’s Offices Detectives assisted by the California Department of Justice processed the crime scene. The Humboldt County Coroner Office responded to the scene to take possession of the body.

The male victim was identified by the Coroner’s Office as Zackery Jacob Chapman age 36 from Redway. Chapman appears to have died from the result of a gunshot wound. An Autopsy is scheduled for later this week.

On 04-19-2014 the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office along with Humboldt County Arson Task Force and the California Department of Justice processed the homicide scene, which was located on a piece of property off Conic Creek, Garberville. A trailer on the property had been burned down after the homicide in an attempt to conceal evidence where the homicide occurred.

The Sheriff’s Office is advising the public if they see the suspect Benjamin Jasper Carter to immediately contact law enforcement and do not approach Carter, who is considered armed and dangerous. They are being advised to dial 9-1-1.

 If anyone has information on this homicide they are encouraged to call Investigator Cheryl Franco at 707-268-3644 or the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251.
       

HCSO press release, dated April 19, 2014:
On 04/18/2014 the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received information regarding a possible homicide involving a firearm that occurred in the Southern Humboldt area. The Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating this allegation with the assistance from the District Attorney Investigator’s Office, Department of Justice (DOJ), Arson Task Force, and the California Highway Patrol (CHP).

Benjamin Jasper Carter is wanted for questioning in association to this investigation. Carter is described to be a white male, age 33, 6’3”, 180 lbs, brown hair, and blue eyes. Carter’s head may be shaved bald and he may have a goatee and mustache. Carter has multiple tattoos on his chest, back, arms, legs, and neck. Carter is associated with a black GMC truck, CA license 6R68046. The truck has a blue tailgate with an Oakland Raiders design and front end damage. Carter is believed to be armed and dangerous. If seen, do not approach and contact law enforcement.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s 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.

Melinda Elaine Carter shown in the photo below:

 

 


 

Update: April 24, 2014 - Jacqueline Joanne Sullivan (shown in the photo) is still missing. according to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office. However, her ATM Card was used in the Coalinga, California area on March 11, 2014. HCSO also reported the vehicle driven by Sullivan, a 2002 Toyota Tacoma grey pickup with a shell, has a California license plate 6EYT307, not 7M50504 as originally reported. The updated press release is posted below.

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.

HCSO Press Release, dated April 24, 2014:

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Detectives are still searching for Jacqueline Joanne Sullivan, 39 years old. Detectives spoke with Sullivan’s landlord who told them she texted him ten days prior to moving out of her apartment and told the landlord she was leaving the area. Detectives have also learned that Sullivan’s ATM Card was used in the Coalinga, California area on March 11, 2014. At this point there has still been no sighting of Sullivan or contact with family members who are worried about her welfare.

Detectives also learned the license plate on the truck she is driving is a 2002 Toyota Tacoma, grey with a shell, is California Plate 6EYT307, not 7M50504 as originally reported. The 7M50504 is an old license plate for the same truck.

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.

The original post on this story appears below.

Jacqueline Joanne Sullivan, a former KMUD employee, (shown in the photos) was reported by her mother as missing on April 8, 2014.

Jacqueline Sullivan is described as follows: White female, 39 years old, 5’6” tall, 150 lbs., brown eyes, glasses, brown shoulder length pony tail. She drives a 2002 Toyota Tacoma, grey with a shell, California Plate 7M50504.

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. The Humboldt County sheriff's Office press release appears below.

KMUD News Anchor, Eileen Russell, interviewed Jacqueline Sullivan's mother about her disappearance. The interview, which aired on the KMUD Local News on Mon., April 14, 2014, can be heard using the player below.


HCSO press release, dated April 14, 2014:
On 04-08-2014, at approximately 3:00 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a missing person report from the mother of Jacqueline Joanne Sullivan, 39 years old. The mother told the investigating deputy that she last communicated with her daughter on 02-20-2014. The mother said during the last communication with Jacqueline Sullivan the conversation sounded confused.

The mother has been attempting to contact her daughter ever since with no success.  The mother is concerned there are medical issues and Sullivan needs treatment. It is unknown where her daughter is and her cell phone voice mail is full. Her mother has checked with all her friends and other family members and no one has any idea what has happened to her or where she went.

Jacqueline Sullivan is described as follows: White female, 39 years old, 5’6” tall, 150 lbs., brown eyes, glasses, brown shoulder length pony tail. She drives a 2002 Toyota Tacoma, grey with a shell, California Plate 7M50504.

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.

Jacqueline Sullivan in the KMUD Broadcast Studio.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Missing Weott woman found unharmed

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Update: April 14, 2014 - Shannon Paige Sundberg, previously reported as missing, was located last Saturday safe and not in need of further assistance by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. The press release update appears below.

HCSO press release, dated April 12, 2014:
On 04/12/2014 at approximately 2 PM, missing person Shannon Paige Sundberg was located by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.  A citizen had phoned the Sheriff’s Office and stated that they were traveling behind the vehicle that was associated with Shannon Sundberg. The caller stated the vehicle was last seen traveling south bound on Highway 101 in Eureka taking the Humboldt Hill exit. A Sheriff’s Deputy was in the immediate area at the time of the call and located Sundberg parked in her vehicle at the Humboldt Hill Vista Point. Paige was contacted and did not require any further assistance from the Sheriff’s Office.

The original post on this story appears below.


 

Shannon Sundberg (shown in the photo) was reported missing early this morning (April 11, 2014) by her husband. Her husband reported, to the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, that she left last evening to drive from her home in Weott to a medical appointment in Fortuna.

Shannon Sundberg is described as follows: White female, 5’ 7” tall, 120 lbs., brownish red shoulder length hair and green eyes. She was last seen wearing blue jeans and knee high leather boots with heels. She is driving a silver 2003 Saturn Ion, California plate 5CVV666. Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539. The HCSO press release appears below.

HCSO press release, dated April 11, 2014:
On 04-11-2014, at approximately 2:00 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the husband of Shannon Paige Sundberg who reported her as a missing person- overdue motorist.  Her husband told the investigating deputy that Shannon Sundberg left their Weott home on 04-10-2014, at approximately 6:30 p.m., for a medical appointment in the Fortuna area. He said his wife has had medical issues for several months and he was concerned when she failed to come home or contact him. He tried to call her cell phone and it rings directly to her voice mail. He told the deputy her failure to contact him or come home is completely out of character.

Shannon Sundberg is described as follows: White female, 5’ 7” tall, 120 lbs, brownish red shoulder length hair and green eyes. She was last seen wearing blue jeans and knee high leather boots with heels. She is driving a silver 2003 Saturn Ion, California plate 5CVV666.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s 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.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Accused murderer now in Humboldt jail

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Terrance D. BrownAccused Nashville murderer Terrance D. Brown is now in custody in Eureka (Humboldt County), California.

          Brown, 25, was arrested Monday night at a casino hotel after security there found a substance thought to be meth in bedding that had come from his room and notified the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.  Brown claimed to be someone else; however, a fingerprint check revealed his true identity and that he is a fugitive from Nashville.

          Brown is under indictment for the September 8, 2012 shooting death of Dennis Prutianov on Moss Road in South Nashville.  Prutianov, 26, was fatally wounded when shots were fired into his house.  A second suspect, Terrence Clark, 24, was arrested in July of last year on a murder indictment and remains in the Metro Jail awaiting trial.

          The murder case is not Brown’s only issue.  He is also named in arrest warrants issued in October 2012 charging two counts of aggravated robbery and one count of aggravated assault.  In that matter, he is accused of entering a residence in the 2500 block of Elm Hill Pike, robbing the two persons inside at gunpoint, and firing a shot at one of the victims as he fled.

          Brown’s return to Nashville is pending.

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