Monday, June 08, 2009

Missing/Cold cases

Retired deputy keeps looking for Humboldt's missing
John Driscoll's story on Dan Paris is interesting. For one thing, I don't remember hearing much about these disappearances.

...Christine Walters, a Wisconsin woman who went missing from Eureka on Nov. 11, 2008. The 23-year-old's backpack, wallet and ID were found just after her disappearance. A bank account with a few hundred dollars in it has not been touched. She was known to take long walks in the Arcata Community Forest by herself. She hasn't contacted her family.

It sounds highly suspicious. But of the 15 cases currently on Paris' desk, Walters is the one for whom he has the most hope. Surprisingly, it's not uncommon for people to leave possessions behind -- even money. Walters was supportive of the environmental movement in the area, and Paris has seen a photo of a young woman with strawberry-blond hair being shown how to climb trees at a Southern Humboldt activist camp....

...Bradley Thompson, a 44-year-old painter who went missing from Redway in 2005, appears to be tragic. Thompson was last seen on Feb. 24, 2005, driving his 1989 Ford pickup truck in Garberville, Redway, Myers Flat and perhaps through Rio Dell and Hydesville. A week after he disappeared, the truck was discovered along a back road in Myers Flat.

Thompson had struggled with heroin addiction, and the truck was parked close to a house occupied by two recovering heroin addicts...

...Scott Hayes, last seen in Arcata in 1996. Hayes' truck was found parked on U.S. Highway 101 near Redcrest. It was out of gas and locked. There were no signs of foul play. The case is as cold as can be....


  1. I didn't read the article word for word but did they ever mention any of these missing people that were found? All they did was list people missing. Seemed rather strange to me they'd write a story about someone who hasn't succeeded at his work.

    Nothing against the cop or the writer, just seems strange.

  2. I was wondering if something is pending.

    I also wonder about the LadeRoute case.

  3. The Eureka Police Department has one person assigned to these types of cases. Most of the missing persons are actually found.

  4. Most of the missing persons are actually found.".

    Well, I would think they should of given an example of one then. All they did was mention the Huntzinger case which was "solved" by someone else other than Paris.

  5. I think it is cool that he keeps working on it.


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