Posts Tagged ‘missing person’
On April 8, 1988, 27-year-old was reported missing to Humboldt County law enforcement. Few leads were founds and Ms. Turpin was never found. In February of 2010 a man now living in North Carolina contacted the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and said when he was 16 years-old he had witnessed his father murder Ms. Turpin. The man reported that in 1988 his father, Ernest Samuel Christie Jr., murdered Ms. Turpin near their Fieldbrook home. The man was able to provide Sheriff’s Detectives with a map of the location where her body had been disposed of.
During the ensuing investigation, Christie’s son went on to explain that his father was violent and abusive and was a frequent user of methamphetamine. His son – now 38 – explained that in 1988 his father brought Ms. Turpin to their residence in Fieldbrook. Christie held Mr. Turpin at the house for several weeks and killed her after weeks of abuse. After killing Ms. Turpin, Christie made his son help dump her body in a ditch, cover it with tires, douse it in gasoline and set it on fire.
Sheriff’s Detectives, Deputies, and the Sheriff’s Evidence Technician searched the area marked on the maps provided by Christie’s son. The area was a now-overgrown ditch in a wooden area near Fieldbrook. The search yielded teeth, clothing, and charred bones. Yesterday a forensic odontologist positively identified the remains as Lysandra Turpin.
When asked if he remembered if his father had been involved in any other killings, Christie’s son reported that his father once held a woman prisoner inside a Redwood tree stump. She was able to escape and did not report her ordeal to law enforcement. He provided a description of the location and Sheriff’s personnel located the tree stump. Hollowed out, and only accessible by climbing over the top and back down inside of it, Special Services Deputies made access into the stump from the ground with a chainsaw. Inside they found a carpet, plastic jugs, a hypodermic syringe, and clothing. The victim in this incident has since passed away of natural causes.
Christie’s son related other accounts of his father terrorizing women, once taking a woman out to his fishing boat, tying her up and telling her he was going to kill her. She was able to escape when Christie became distracted. Detectives interviewed this victim recently when the case came to light. She confirmed the incident.
Ernest Samuel Christie Jr. died on June 29, 2006. His son, who came forward with the information, Ernest Samuel Christie III, was 16 years-old when his father forced him to witness the murder of Ms. Turpin. He is not facing criminal charges.
A tool for searchers [Daily Triplicate]
New devices aid task of finding missing people
A new resource is available to Del Norte County residents who are at risk of wandering off and getting lost.
The program, called Project Lifesaver, uses radio transmitters attached to wrists, ankles or clothing, that send out signals to search and rescue authorities to help them pinpoint a missing person’s location.
“It’s a very reliable program that’s very successful, and that’s why we wanted to sign on,” Del Norte County sheriff’s Commander Tim Athey said. “Geographically in our area people can go out and be in the brush and get lost within minutes. It’s not like we’re in the downtown of a city where people can go out and look for these lost people, these lost souls, quickly.
Humboldt County Sheriff’s Detectives booked two men for murder over the weekend in connection with a case that was originally reported as a missing person. On February 15, 2009 a woman called the Sheriff’s Office to report her adult brother missing. She said she had not heard from him for about two weeks and it was very unusual for him to be out of contact with his family. The woman, who was calling from New York, was unsure of her brother’s exact address but believed he lived in a cabin on Three Creeks Road, off of State Route 299. Throughout the week, Sheriff’s Deputies and Detectives interviewed the man’s roommates and acquaintances. Investigators began to believe the missing man was the victim of a homicide.
The investigation continued and Saturday a search warrant was served at the Three Creeks Road property. Sheriff’s Office personnel, together with a Deputy Corner, discovered human remains at the location. That same day, Sheriff’s Detectives booked two men for the murder of missing man: his roommate, Eddie David Lee, 21, and Limmie Greg Curry III, 19, of Arcata. Curry was also booked for being armed with a firearm in the commission of a felony, and possession of marijuana for sales.
The condition of the remains is being withheld at this time. Further forensic testing will be required to confirm the identification of the remains that were found, however, all evidence indicates they are those of the missing man. The Humboldt County Coroner’s Office will provide the identification of the victim when it is appropriate.
Looking for Humboldt County’s long-lost missing persons is an exercise in patience and keeping an open mind. Assumptions must be abandoned and the seemingly absurd considered.
Contra Costa Times, CA
Authorities in Humboldt County are seeking a missing 36-year-old Garberville man whose friends and family have not seen him for more than a week. According to information from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, Sam Dunlea Cushman, who is considered …
Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office – Press Release
Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is looking for Sam Dunlea Cushman, who has been missing after unexpectedly dropping off his child at his ex-girlfriend’s house and disappearing.
The Arcata Police Department is looking for a man with a brain injury last seen near the Arcata Community Forest. Lawrence Whitlatch, 50, who has family ties in the Hoopa area and suffered a brain injury in an accident, was reported missing last
Military.com, MCKINLEYVILLE, Ca.
The Coast Guard responded to a report of a man overboard after the crew of a fishing boat said a shipmate had fallen overboard approximately 16 miles offshore from Humboldt Bay. Coast Guard Group Humboldt Bay dispatched an HH-65.
Humboldt County Sheriff, Press Release
David Burns Morgan, 48 of Eureka, had fallen overboard at about 10:45 p.m. (Tuesday) while fishing offshore in the Pacific Ocean. Johnson reportedly threw a life preserver to Morgan but then saw Morgan slip under water. They later returned to Humboldt Bay to report a missing person.
Pointer Online, WI - Feb 5, 2009
Despite her round-trip ticket, she chose not to return to UW-SP, choosing to stay on the West Coast, in Humboldt County, California. Christine Walters, 23, was officially reported missing Nov. 17, 2008. >>> Rest of the Story
A request to seal documents related to the ongoing quest to find a missing McKinleyville woman refers to the case as “an ongoing investigation of a homicide,” although authorities say they continue to treat it as a missing persons… >>> Rest of the Story
An investigation into the whereabouts of a missing McKinleyville woman continues after sheriff’s investigators served a search warrant at her home over the weekend, questioned her husband and excavated portions of the couple’s property. >>> Rest of the Story
For 18 years, the body of Curtis Huntzinger lay buried beneath a stand of young sequoias on the outskirts of Blue Lake. In that time, hundreds of people searched for the missing boy across the county.