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 to the missing person report below:
According to a news release from the Eureka Police Department,on August 3, 2011 the Eureka Police Department received notification from another law enforcement agency of the safe locating of the missing woman, Randi Barton. Barton’s missing person report has been cleared.
Below is the original report posted August 25, 2011:
The Eureka Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in locating Randi Elizabeth Barton who was reported missing by her family on 08/23/11. The last date she was seen was on August 22, 2011 at about noon when she left a family friend’s house in Eureka without saying where she was going. Barton is a white female adult, 5’04”, approximately 120 lbs., reddish brown hair, and green eyes. She has scars on both wrists. She was last seen wearing a light blue pajama type long sleeve shirt and checked white/black pajama type pants.
According to a news release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated June 27. 2011:
On June 24, 2011, approximately 6:45 p.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a 40-year-old female who said her boyfriend 40-year-old was kidnapped and being driven around the Cutten area in a Red Van. Deputies responded to the Cutten area of Eureka to look for the suspect vehicle. While enroute to the scene deputies learned the victim was able to get away from the kidnappers, and was located at the corner of Campton and Walnut Drive, Eureka. Medical was also summoned and was on scene treating the victim for head injuries sustained during the kidnapping. Deputies interviewed the victim and witness, and learned the suspect’s identities were Chandler Ryan Nelson, 37 years old of Eureka, and Ginger Alexis Howard, 32 of Eureka. A "Be-On-Lookout" was broadcast for both suspects to local law enforcement agencies.
After interviewing the victim and witness, deputies learned the victim and witness knew the suspects. The victim and witness had voluntarily entered into the suspect’s vehicle at Sequoia Park in Eureka. After driving to the Cutten area, the witness voluntarily exited the suspect’s vehicle to buy cigarettes. As soon as she exited the vehicle the suspects drove away, leaving her behind. Nelson then struck the victim in the head with a large metal flashlight, causing a head injury. Nelson then demanded his cell phone back from the victim. The suspects drove the victim around the Cutten area while continuing to make the demand, at one point brandishing a knife at the victim. When the suspects pulled over to the side of the road, the victim was able to exit the vehicle.
On June 25, 2011, approximately 0100 a.m. deputies located the red van on Harrison Avenue, Eureka in the 1800 Block. Deputies found items in the vehicle consistent with the victim’s statement, but did not locate either suspect.
The victim was treated and released at a local hospital.
Anyone with information regarding this case or the suspect’s whereabouts is requested to contact the Humboldt County Sheriffs Office, 707-445-7251.
Suspect Chandler Ryan Nelson, 37 years, of Eureka, 6-2 tall, 165 lbs, White Male Black Hair, Blue Eyes:
Suspect Ginger Alexis Howard, 32 years, of Eureka, 5-2 tall, 115 lbs, Strawberry Blond Hair, Green Eyes:
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and other authorities are searching for missing Humboldt State Chinese exchange student Jian Kang, 21, reported to have been swept away June 19 in the Trinity River across from Tish Tang Creek Campground, Hoopa.
The public is requested to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 with any information on the missing student.
Jian Kang, 21:
According to a News Release from the Eureka Police Department, dated June 14, 2011:
The Eureka Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in located Jacob Lyle. Jacob is a white male, 19 years old, 5’11”, 300 lbs, brown hair and blue eyes. Jacob was reported missing by his mother on 06/14/11 after family members received phone calls from Jacob that concerned them. This concern was due to Jacob’s depressed and emotionless state of mind.
If you have any information regarding Jacob Lyle please call the Eureka Police Department 24 hour dispatch number at 707-441-4044.
The photo below shows the missing teenager, Jacob Lyle: