30September2014

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.

Update, Sept. 23, 2014: According to the Mendocino Sheriff's Facebook page jail escapee, Brett Edward Harlan, (shown in photo) has been captured. The original post on this story appears below.


 

Law enforcement in Mendocino is looking for escaped jail inmate, 56-year old Brett Edward Harlan, (shown in the photo).  According to a Mendocino County Sheriff's Office press release, Harlan was released from jail on a 4-hour pass to visit a sick relative and did not return by the expiration of the pass. Harlan is believed to be hiding in the areas of Willits or Redwood Valley and should be considered dangerous. 

According to KMUD News Facebook, Harlan had been in custody in the Mendocino County Jail on the following charges from 09-04-2014: 10851(a) CVC - Theft of a motor vehicle, 273.6(a) PC - Violation of a court order, 2800.2(a) CVC - Evading a peace officer, 245(c) PC - Assault on a peace officer, 11377(a) HS - Possession of a controlled substance, and 1203.2 PC - Violation of probation."

Harlan is described as 6-feet tall, weighs 220 pounds and has a shaved head and a tattoo that reads “Shirley,” across his upper chest. Harlan also has a tattoo on the right side of the neck below the ear, a tattoo on back of his head and has a prosthetic right leg. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Harlan is urged to call 9-1-1 or the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office dispatch center at 707-463-4086. The full press release appears below.

MCSO press release, dated Sept. 18, 2014:
On 09-16-2014 at approximately 7:00 PM Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to contacted Mendocino County Jail staff regarding the escape of an inmate.

When Deputies arrived Jail staff advised that on 09-16-2014 the inmate, Brett Edward Harlan, was taken to the Mendocino County Superior Court to petition for a temporary 4-hour release pass, so he could visit a sick relative.

The pass was granted and Harlan was released, but he was ordered to return to the Mendocino County Jail on 09-16-2014 at 4:00 PM.

Harlan subsequently did not return by the listed date/time to surrender himself to Mendocino County Jail staff and he is now considered an Escaped Inmate.

Deputies learned Harlan informed family members after his release that he would not go back to jail or surrender himself as had been previously ordered by the court.

Deputies continued their searched for Harlan and followed up on leads but they could not locate him as hoped.

Harlan is believed to be hiding in the areas of Willits or Redwood Valley and should be considered dangerous.  

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Harlan is urged to call 9-1-1 or the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office dispatch center at 707-463-4086.
 
Harlan is described as being a 56-year-old white male adult, standing 6-feet tall and weighing 220 pounds.  

Harlan has a shaved head and a tattoo of "Shirley' across the upper front chest area near the neck line.  Harlan also has a tattoo on the right side of the neck below
the ear, a tattoo on back of his head and has a prosthetic right leg.

Update, Sat. Sept. 13, 2014: Previously reported missing person, Holly Dickens, (shown in photo) is alive and well.  According to Shelter Cove Fire Department, the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office got a call from Holly's mother saying Holly telephoned her when she found out she had been reported missing. The original post on this story appears below.


 

20 year-old Holly Ann Dickens (shown in photo) was reported as missing yesterday to the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office. Dickens is described as a white female, 20 years old, 5'-6" tall, 120 lbs., with strawberry blond hair and blue eyes. She is traveling in a black, 1992, Toyota, 4 Runner with Washington license plate AEU3042. A similar vehicle is shown in the photo below.  If anyone has information about Holly Dickens, please call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251.


HCSO press release, dated 9/12/14:
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance with any information about a missing adult reported to this Office.  On September 11, 2014 at 7:12 PM, a Deputy received information about a missing person that was believed to be traveling through Humboldt County and possibly in the Shelter Cover area.  Holly Ann Dickens (attached picture) left the Washington State area and was going to travel to the San Diego area of California, to stay with her sister.  Dickens last called her sister on Monday, September 9, 2014 and reported that she was going to be camping in the Shelter Cove area for the next couple of days.  That was the last telephone communications from Dickens, which is out of character.  Dickens is traveling in a black, 1992, Toyota, 4 Runner with Washington license plate AEU3042 (attached photo is not the vehicle, but similar to).  Dickens is described as a white female, 20 years old, 5-06, 120, strawberry blond hair and blue eyes.  If anyone has information about Dickens, please call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251.

A 15 year-old female runaway, named Yaa-Mitch Stormy Friday Erickson, was last seen at 7:00 PM, Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at her home in the 100 block of Old School Road, Orleans. The teen's mother reported her as missing to the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office the next morning. According to a press release from the HCSO, "A note was left behind by her daughter, indicating she may be intending to harm herself, possibly in the Klamath River."

Yaa-Mitch Stormy Friday Erickson is described as:  White Female, 15 years old, 5’ 5” tall, 110 lbs., light brown hair with bangs and blonde highlights, brown eyes - possibly wearing a black T-Shirt with the number “25” on it or a black sun dress with black jeans.

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 HCSO press release appears below.

HCSO press release, dated, Thurs, July 31, 2014:
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is attempting to locate a high risk missing 15 year old female runaway juvenile named Yaa-Mitch Stormy Friday Erickson. At approximately 8:30 a.m. today, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s office received a call from her mother.  She reported that she last saw her daughter at 7:00 p.m. last night, 7-30-2014, at her residence. Sometime during the night, her daughter snuck out of their residence which is located in the 100 block of Old School Road, Orleans and ran away. A note was left behind by her daughter, indicating she may be intending to harm herself, possibly in the Klamath River.

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue, Orleans Volunteer Fire Department Volunteers, a United States Coast Guard Helicopter and family and friends are currently searching the Klamath River and surrounding area looking for Yaa-Mitch Erickson.

Yaa-Mitch Stormy Friday Erickson is described as:  White Female, 15 years old, 5’ 5” tall, 110 lbs, light brown hair with bangs and blonde highlights, brown eyes. Possibly wearing a black T-Shirt with the number “25” on it or a black sun dress with black jeans.

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.

Update July 25, 2014: Both murder victims have now been identified in the shootings that occurred recently in the Rancho Sequoia area of Humboldt County. The first victim, Neil Decker, age 49, was found on Friday July 18. The murder suspect was identified by the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office as 30 year old Matthew Aaron Brown. Then on Monday, July 21, at 9:49 pm, Sheriff's Deputies, who were in the area looking for Brown, were alerted that shots had been fired nearby and located a second deceased person, later identified as 57 year old Scott Will Johnson. At around 5 am the next morning, a SWAT team located and arrested suspect Matthew Aaron Brown who is now in custody. The press release describing the events appears below.

HCSO press release, dated July 22, 2014:
On 07-21-2014, at approximately 9:49 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a resident in the Rancho Sequoia area of Humboldt County who reported there had been a shooting and someone was shot. Two Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were in the Rancho Sequoia area at the time, looking for murder suspect Matthew Aaron Brown, 30 years old, who was wanted for the 07-18-2014 shooting homicide of Neil Decker, age 49. The deputies heard several shots at the same time the citizen reported the shots, and were on scene within minutes. The deputies were informed by the citizen that murder suspect Matthew Brown was in the area where the shots had been fired. The deputies were also informed that local residents had gone looking for Brown, and that one of the residents was believed to be shot and had major injuries. Medical personnel were called to the scene, along with additional law enforcement from the California Highway Patrol and Fortuna Police department. Medical personnel staged in the area awaiting law enforcement personnel to secure the scene for their safety.

The deputies located a deceased person in the roadway.  Due to an armed murder suspect being in the area, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team was called to the scene.

The SWAT team arrived at approximately 5:00 a.m., 07-22-2014, and located murder suspect Matthew Arron Brown at approximately 6:00 a.m. Brown was arrested and is currently enroute to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.  Humboldt County Sheriff’s Detectives are being assisted by Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office Investigators, Eureka Police Detectives and California Department of Justice .

A Humboldt County Superior Court Search Warrant has been obtained and investigators have begun searching the property.  The area is still an active crime scene and it is unknown if there are any other victims. Additional information will be released as it becomes available; investigators are still in the process of determining what happened. This is the fourth homicide in the Rancho Sequoia area in the last 24 months.
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 previous post on this case appears below.

 


 

Last Friday night ( July 18, 2014) 49 year-old Neil Eugene Decker from Alderpoint was shot in the chest with a shotgun at a location described by a Humboldt County Sheriff's Office press release as the 2000 block of Rancho Sequoia near Alderpoint. Despite medical personnel's efforts to save his life, Decker died of the gunshot wound before he could be airlifted to a medical facility.

A subsequent HCSO press release identified the suspected shooter as Matthew Aaron Brown, age 30. Brown (shown in the photo) is described as a white, male adult, 5’-11” in height, weight 200 pounds, with a shaved head and blue eyes. The Sheriff’s Office has issued an alert to other local law enforcement agencies to arrest Brown for homicide and considers Brown to be armed and dangerous. If Brown is spotted HCSO advises members of the public to call 9-1-1 and not to approach him. This is the third homicide in the Rancho Sequoia area of Alderpoint in the last 24 months. Both press releases appear below.

HCSO press release, dated, July 21, 2014:
The victim in the homicide has been identified as Neil Eugene Decker age 49 from Alderpoint. The suspect has been identified as Matthew Aaron Brown age 30. Brown is described as a white, male adult, 5’-11” in height, weight 200 pounds, with a shaved head and blue eyes.

The homicide occurred in the 2000 block of Rancho Sequoia near Alderpoint. The victim and suspect were acquainted with each other. They got into a verbal argument over personal property on Friday night before the shooting. Shortly after the argument the suspect shot the victim in the chest with a shotgun. The suspect then fled the area on a green motorcycle.

The Sheriff’s Office has issued an alert to other local law enforcement agencies to arrest Brown for homicide. The Sheriff’s Office considers Brown to be armed and dangerous. The Sheriff’s Office is advising the public is they see Matthew Brown to call 9-1-1 and do not approach him.

This homicide is the third homicide in the Rancho Sequoia area of Alderpoint in the last 24 months.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Tip line at 707-268-2539.


Original press release:
On 07/18/2014 at approximately 10:51 PM, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a male subject in his fifties that was shot in the chest. The shooting occurred in the Alderpoint area of Southern Humboldt. Deputies responded with assistance from the California Highway Patrol and the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. Medical personnel arrived on scene and began life saving efforts. The victim was transported to a landing zone to be flown out by helicopter. The victim succumbed to his injury prior to being transported by helicopter.

The whereabouts of the suspect involved in the shooting is unknown at this time. This incident is currently being investigated by Detectives with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and personnel from the Department of Justice.

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.

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