Missing and Wanted Persons
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Salvatore Ted Arena, age 42, of Freshwater is being sought for suspected abandonment of three dogs, Angel, Becky and Ginger, that had belonged to his brother who passed away this February. According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, Arena is believed to have left the area headed for the east coast, and they will be seeking warrant for his arrest. The original and updated press releases appear below.
HCSO Press Release, dated Aug. 22, 2013:
On 08/21/13 an Officer from the California Highway Patrol brought three dogs into the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Animal Shelter that were found running in the roadway on New Navy Base Road at Lincoln Avenue in Fairhaven. The dogs are a black Labrador retriever mix, approximately 12 years old, a brown German shepherd mix, approximately 10 years old, and a brown Airedale Terrier mix, approximately 10 years old. All three dogs are female.
On 08/21/13 Animal Shelter staff located a posting on Craigslist from 08/08/13 from an unidentified person in Freshwater who stated that their neighbor is/was moving to the East Coast and had three dogs that he could not keep. There were photos of the dogs on the Craigslist posting and they are the same dogs as those brought into the shelter. The back yard of a residence is clearly visible in one of the photographs.
On 08/22/13 Animal Shelter staff located a second posting on Craigslist about the dogs. This posting is from someone who saw a male subject abandon the dogs on New Navy Base Road and Bay St. The posting states that a male subject in his mid-30’s with short hair, driving a newer black 4 wheel drive truck left the dogs and was telling them to “stay” as he drove away. One of the dogs was nearly struck by a car while chasing the truck down the road. It is not clear if the person responsible for this Craigslist post was the person who reported the loose dogs to CHP. Animal Shelter staff has replied to both Craigslist postings but have not received any response.
Abandonment of an animal is a crime. The Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Division is asking for the public’s help to identify the owner of these dogs. Anyone who recognizes the dogs and/or the back yard of the residence in the photographs is asked to call Animal Control Officer Hale at 707-840-9132 or the Crime Tip Line, 707-268-2539
HCSO Updated Press Release, dated Aug., 23, 2013:
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has positively identified the suspect in this case as Salvatore Ted Arena, age 42, of Freshwater. The three dogs, Angel, Becky and Ginger, had belonged to Arena’s brother who passed away suddenly in February of this year. Arena began trying to surrender the dogs to local rescues about one week ago stating that he was moving to the East Coast. Gail Holder of K-9 Angels Rescue had been in frequent contact with Arena and was working to try to get the dogs into foster care. She received a call from him on 08/21/13 just before the dogs were found abandoned in Fairhaven. Arena told her that he had to leave the following morning and that he could not put the dogs in his truck and take them across the country with him.
The Sheriff’s Office will be seeking a warrant for Arena’s arrest. At this time we have reason to believe that he has already left the area. Anyone having information to the contrary is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Animal Control Division, 707 840-9132, or the Crime Tip Line, 707-268-2539.
Update: Sat., Sept., 14, 2013 - Human remains identified as those of missing Anna Maria Rodriquez
The human remains found on Mon., Sept.9 at a campsite believed to be used by missing Anna Maria Rodriquez have been positively identified as those of the missing woman, according to a story in the Times Standard on-line. See the update below for information about locating the remains. The positive identification was made using dental records, and according to Humboldt County Coroner Dave Parris the actual cause of death is still unknown, although no evidence of foul play has been identified.
Update: Tues., Sept. 10, 2013 - Suspected human bones found at campsite occupied by missing Anna Maria Rodriquez
Humboldt County Sheriff's Office investigators found bones, believed to be human remains, in a campsite that contained documents indicating the site was previously occupied by Anna Maria Rodriquez . Last month Rodriquez' brother reported her as missing in the Slate Creek area, near Orleans, California. The original post on this incident appears below. The remains were turned over to the Humboldt County Coroner's Office for possible identification and determination of a cause of death. The HCSO press release on this update appears directly below.
HCSO press release, dated Tuesday, September 10, 2013:
On Monday September 9, 2013, Detective Fulton returned to the Slate Creek Area to continue the search for missing person Anna Rodriquez. Detective Fulton and other members of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office had searched an area of Slate Creek last week, after it was reported to Fulton that possible human remains had been located. That search effort resulted in locating what they believed could have been a campsite of Rodriquez but not locating suspected human remains.
This Monday, Fulton was lead back to the campsite by the persons who originally reported finding the remains. Detective Fulton did locate multiple bones, believed to be human. The area these remains were found was within a disheveled camp site. There were also other documents located that leads investigators to believe this was a camp once occupied by Rodriquez. The remains were collected and have been turned over to the Humboldt County Coroner for possible identification and determination of a cause of death.
A search of the campsite and immediate area of the campsite did not offer any evidence as a cause of death for the individual whose remains were found. There was also nothing located to suspect foul play as a result of the death, but has not been ruled out. The investigation will continue to determine what had transpired that resulted in the death of this individual. Anyone with any information about Rodriquez, is asked to call Detective Todd Fulton at (707) 268-3646
The original post on this story appears below.
Anna Maria Rodriquez (see photo above) was last seen by her brother when he dropped her off at a trailhead three miles out Slate Creek, near Orleans, California, according to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office. The brother told the investigatigating deputy that his sister had camped in this area on previous occasions and intended to stay for about 75 days this time. Her brother became concerned when Anna Maria was not there to be picked up at their agreed upon rendezvous time and place. After checking the trailhead daily for five days, Anna Maria's brother reported her missing to the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office.
Anna Maria Rodriquez is described as: 5'-5” tall, 180 lbs., brown hair, brown eyes and was last seen wearing blue jeans and an unknown colored shirt. 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 full press release appears below.
Press Release from HCSO, dated 08-15-2013:
On 08-14-2013, approximately 10:00 a.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a citizen who reported his sister as an overdue hiker. The citizen told the investigating deputy he dropped his sister Anna Maria Rodriquez off at a trailhead three miles out Slate Creek, Orleans. He said his sister told him she intended to hike for about 75 days. He agreed to meet her back at the drop off area on 08-09-2013 and she failed to show up. He re-checked the trailhead daily until 08-14-2013.
He said she brought food, a tent, clothes, backpack and numerous other items with her. She told him she planned to camp in the area about ten miles north- northeast of the drop off. He told the deputy she has done this before. This was her second or third time which is why he was not concerned about her returning to the area, however this was the longest time she had been camping out in that area. She has a cell phone but it is currently turned off either due to a dead battery or voluntarily.
A California Highway Patrol plane flew the area on 08-14-2013 and a team of deputies are currently hiking the trails in the area assisted by a California Highway Patrol helicopter.
Anna Maria Rodriquez is described as follows: 5-5” tall, 180 lbs, brown hair, brown eyes last seen wearing blue jeans and an unknown colored shirt. She has no permanent place of residence.
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.
Another photo of Anna Maria Rodriquez
Last Thurs., Aug. 8, 2013, after a truck was reported stolen, a Eureka Police officer spotted the vehicle and allegedly identified the driver as 29 year-old Paul Bareilles (see photo above). According to a press release from the Eureka Police Department, the officer gave chase but lost the vehicle as it turned onto the Sequoia Park Duck Pond Road. Reportedly, Bareilles drove the wrong way down this one-way road, crashed through a gate, and subsequently into a redwood tree and fled the scene.
The press release indicates that the suspect, Bareilles, has a history of prior auto theft and possession of stolen vehicle convictions. EPD is asking for the public's help in locating the suspect. The full press release appears below.
Press Release from the Eureka Police Department:
On 8-8-2013, at about 0547 hours, a citizen reported that his 1994 Ford F250 work truck was stolen from the 3300 block of H Street in Eureka. A short time after Sergeant Reyna-Sanchez finished approving the stolen auto report, at about 1047 hours, he saw the stolen pick up being driven by 29 year old Paul Bareilles at Glatt and W Street. Upon making eye contact with Sgt Reyna-Sanchez, Bareilles accelerated west/bound on Glatt Street at a high rate of speed. Sgt Reyna-Sanchez lost sight of the stolen truck as it turned onto the Sequoia Park Duck Pond Road. This roadway is a winding single lane, one way roadway that is the exit point for duck pond users. Bareilles drove the Ford F250 the wrong way, down to the duck pond. At the bottom of the hill, Bareilles turned onto a pedestrian pathway, crashing through the vehicle barrier gate. Bareilles drove on the path until he crashed into a redwood tree, causing major damage to the truck. Although his speeds were not witnessed, the destroyed gate and truck speak to speeds that were too dangerous for the conditions. EPD patrol officers set up a perimeter and conducted a search to no avail. The Eureka Police Department is working with the DA’s office to expedite an arrest warrant for Bareilles.
Paul Bareilles has a long history with auto theft and has convictions for auto theft and the possession of stolen vehicles. He was currently out on bail for another auto theft charge that is pending. Bareilles has either been arrested or named as a suspect in about 10 separate investigations since 2005 with the Eureka Police Department. In lieu of an arrest warrant, the Eureka Police Department has issued a Penal Code 836 arrest authorization. PC 836 allows state law enforcement officers to make an arrest for a felony offense based on probable cause.
Anyone with information of his whereabouts should counsel Bareilles to turn himself in or advise law enforcement of his location. Anyone with information can call EPD dispatch at 441-4044.
Minimum-security inmate who walked away from Pelican Bay State Prison is apprehended
CRESCENT CITY – Pelican Bay State Prison's Crisis Response Team apprehended inmate Tore Digirolamo, 44, on July 15 at approximately 7:30 p.m. Digirolamo had walked away from the prison's Minimum Support Facility (MSF) earlier yesterday.
Pelican Bay administrators had initiated its escape apprehension procedures after the inmate was found missing from his assigned bunk in the MSF dorm.
The Del Norte County Sheriff's Office, the California Highway Patrol, the Crescent City Police Department and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife helped Pelican Bay officers in the search for the missing inmate, who was found hiding in the nearby woods.
Digirolamo was received from Los Angeles County on July 7, 2011 with a four-year sentence for second-degree burglary.
He was returned to Pelican Bay without incident and was re-housed in the Administrative Segregation Unit. The Del Norte County District Attorney's office was notified.
As of 2012 there have been 19,342 escapes from adult prisons, camps, and in-state contract beds since 1977. Of those escapes, 19,059 (98.5 percent) have been apprehended as of December 31, 2012.
The above is a press release from California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Minimum-security inmate walks away from Pelican Bay State Prison
Crescent City – An inmate walked away from Pelican Bay State Prison's Minimum Support Facility (MSF) this afternoon.
Inmate Tore Digirolamo, 44, was found missing from his assigned bunk in the MSF dorm.
Digirolamo is a white male with brown hair and brown eyes. He is 5' 6" and weighs 193 pounds.
Digirolamo was received from Los Angeles County on July 7, 2011 with a four-year sentence for second-degree burglary.
Pelican Bay State Prison has initiated its escape apprehension procedures and is working with local law enforcement officials to apprehend the escapee. Anyone who may know the whereabouts of this inmate is asked to call (707) 465-1280 or call 911.
The above information is from a press release from California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, July 15, 2013