Kym Kemp / Today @ 10:57 a.m. / News
Southern Humboldt Schools Public Announcement:
Due to weather conditions, South Fork High will close today at 12:00 noon and all elementary schools will close at 12:30 pm.
West [bus] runs will only go as far as Ettersburg Junction. Drop off is estimated to be 1pm and Whitethorn Junction drop off is estimated to be 1:30pm.
East [bus] runs will drop off at Pratt Mountain. Estimate time is 1:30pm.
There is no LATE RUN TONIGHT.
Please expect your students at their bus stop approximately 2 ½ hours earlier than a normal day.
Thank you for your understanding & patience as we want to get everyone home safe
Kym Kemp / Today @ 8:15 a.m. / Weather
Cold weather impacts pipes and roads across the North Coast.
Snow is currently falling in Fortuna according the police department there. They suggest allowing extra time to get to your destination. (Send your snow photos in to firstname.lastname@example.org or upload them onto our Facebook page)
Fortuna is not the only place with weather conditions that indicate possible dangerous driving conditions. The CHP dispatch reports multiple accounts of ice on the Klamath Bridge.
Also ice is being reported on the Rio Dell bridge. There is a solo vehicle spin out.
The US National Weather Service has offered a wonderful tool to plan your travels today especially if you are going through mountain passes. Go to this page here. Follow the directions on the graph below.
Graphic from the US National Weather Service’s Facebook page.
Remember the snow today creates one set of problems but the patchy freezing fog predicted for much of Saturday and Sunday mornings also creates treacherous conditions. Be safe out there!
UPDATED 9 A.M. with Humboldt Co. Sheriff Public Service Announcement:
With low snow levels forecasted, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and property owners would like to remind snow seekers not to trespass on private property. The Kneeland-Greenwood Heights area is primarily all private property. Trespassing is a crime and trespassers could be subject to citation or arrest.
Snow seekers should utilize the Horse Mountain, Six Rivers National Forest areas for recreational activity. If you do plan to recreate in the snow, please notify family and friends of where you are going and bring appropriate safety equipment in case you become lost, injured or stuck. Make sure your cell phone is charged if you bring one with you and have appropriate winter clothing.
Private Investigator Chris Cook Reveals Sources May Have Heard Confession of Garret Rodriguez’s Murder
Kym Kemp / Today @ 6:57 a.m. / Crime
Photo of Garret Rodriguez from his missing person poster.
Revelations in the case of missing person Garret Rodriguez and the recently discovered body in Southern Humboldt continue to emerge. More information was revealed today by Chris Cook, of Cook & Associates Private Investigations.
Cook sent a statement yesterday to the Lost Coast Outpost. In it she stated that as early as 2 A.M. on the day after Thanksgiving private investigators with her office received calls from anonymous sources telling her that an individual had confessed to the murder of Garret Rodriguez and led a group to the grave site.
Below is Cook’s written statement to the Lost Coast Outpost:
On 11/29/2013 beginning at approximately 2AM, Investigators at Cook & Associates Private Investigations began receiving calls from sources who wish to remain anonymous. The sources informed us that a person of interest in the Garret Rodriguez case had confessed to the murder of Garret, and led a group of people to the location of Garret’s body. The person of interest was known by Cook & Associates to own property in the Rancho Sequoia area. The sources advised Cook & Associates that many of the residents of Alderpoint felt they knew that the person of interest had killed Rodriguez, and did not want the man living in their area because of it. Sources said they wanted the Rodriguez family to know what had happened to Garret.
The sources also advised that the body was discovered in the same location the person of interest indicated the body would be, off of Jewitt Ranch Road. This general location had been reported to Cook & Associates by other confidential sources as early as June 2013. This information was then forwarded to the sheriff’s office. It was not until 11/30/2013 that the sheriff’s office received a more specific location to search that the body was discovered. The physical size of the property in question made it difficult to search the area without specific directions from someone who knew the spot.
Cook & Associates contacted the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office on 11/29/2013 to relay the information in regard to the location of the body. The body was located by the sheriff’s department off of Jewitt Ranch Road on 12/1/2013.
At this time, Cook & Associates can neither confirm nor deny whether the body recovered is Garret Rodriguez, pending further investigation and autopsy. The autopsy is scheduled for this weekend.
Cook & Associates had been retained by the family of Garret Rodriguez since May of 2013. Our goal from the beginning has been to provide answers to the family as to the events surrounding Garret’s disappearance.
Anyone with information relating to these events can contact Chris Cook at Cook & Associates Private Investigations at (707) 839-7422, or by e-mail at email@example.com.
- Man Missing—Last Headed Towards ‘Murder Mountain’ in Humboldt Co.
- Garret Rodriguez: Last Heard From Near ‘Murder Mountain’
- Possible Homicide:Body Recovered out Jewett Ranch Road
- Kidnapping, Gunshot Victim, and More
- Humboldt Co. Sheriff’s Office Unready to Confirm Connection in Recent SoHum Cases to Garret Rodriquez
Kym Kemp / Yesterday @ 9:24 p.m. / News
Yellow highlighter on affected area.
According to KMUD’s Terri Klemetson, [Thanks, Terri, for getting the information out]
A 4 inch water line broke where Sprowel Creek Road meets the Hwy. 101 southbound on-ramp. A Garberville Sanitary District (GSD) worker at scene said they decided to let the water run tonight and work on fixing the old line in the morning.
CHP is parked along Sprowel Creek Road making sure motorists are [not] speeding as conditions get icy. GSD expressed thanks to [Caltrans District 1] for calling a crew to spread sand on the on-ramp.
Kym Kemp / Yesterday @ 9 p.m. / Crime
More information about yesterday’s alleged home invasion which took place south of Hayfork has been released by law enforcement.
Note: A report from a reliable local is that Hayfork itself was hopping today. (Perhaps in response to yesterday’s incident?) “There were [an] estimated 30 police vehicles at the sheriff sub station this morning 7:30-8:00 a.m. Then I drove by main street and 10 cop cars in the middle of town raiding a home/processing/trimming spot.”
Trinity County Press Release:
On December 4, 2013 at approximately 1:34 pm the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a residence in the Peanut Mill Camp located outside of Hayfork, CA. It was reported that 2 armed male subjects dressed in all black and wearing ski masks entered the residence in Peanut Mill Camp and held two men that lived in the residence at gun point. The two men were detained within the residence while the suspects stole an unknown amount of processed marijuana and firearms from the residence. The two suspects left the residence in a vehicle that was stolen from the victim’s residence and left in an unknown direction. A search of the area by the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol was unsuccessful. A BOLO for the stolen vehicle was put out to neighboring counties. The case is under investigation and as of the time of this press release the stolen vehicle has not been located.
The description of the vehicle stolen at the scene is a dark blue 1994 Chevy Astro Van with a California License plate DP034CE. The van has a painting on the back door of a pig’s head with the words “A Pigment of Your Imagination” around the pig’s head also painted on the door. Please contact your local Law Enforcement Agency or Trinity County Sheriff’s Office at 530-623-2611. Do not contact subjects in the vehicle please call Law Enforcement if the vehicle is spotted.
Trinity County Sheriff’s Office
California Highway Patrol
Humboldt Co. Sheriff’s Office Unready to Confirm Connection in Recent SoHum Cases to Garret Rodriquez
Kym Kemp / Yesterday @ 8:31 a.m. / Crime
Although Southern Humboldt and the comment section of the LoCO are swirling with rumors concerning the connection between the body found Sunday near Jewett Road and story of the eight men involved in an alleged kidnapping and shooting of a land owner near Rancho Sequoia, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) is unwilling to confirm the two are part of the same case and that both are connected to a disappearance earlier this year of an Ocean Beach man, Garret Rodriguez.
“It would be unprofessional and inappropriate at this time to comment,” Lt. Steve Knight stated earlier this week. “It is uncertain if there is any connection.” Knight stated that law enforcement is waiting for information from the Coroner before any solid information can be determined. At this point, he said, the gender, age, and other details of the human remains have not been confirmed.
Multiple sources that wish to remain anonymous, however, have confirmed there is a connection. Collecting information from various sources, LoCO has pieced together the following story. (For clarity, refer to the timeline at the bottom of the page.)
On Thanksgiving night, a group of men went to the home of a person believed to have knowledge of the whereabouts of Garret Rodriguez’s body. There they shot the man. He was injured and they took him away in a vehicle after tying up two visitors. What happened next is unclear, but it is known that information was extracted from the property owner as to where the grave site near Jewett Road was.
By 3:30 a.m. on Friday, the property owner somehow arrived at the Garberville Hospital where he was interviewed by the Humboldt Co. Sheriff’s Office. According to the Times Standard, the property owner “a 25-year-old Rancho Sequoia man — was shot in his shoulder and calf and had a possible graze wound to the temple, but was recovering at an out-of-the-area hospital.”
On Friday, the HCSO went to the home of the property owner with a search warrant where they obtained evidence of the incident between the group of men and the owner of the property.
At some point, the information on the grave site was conveyed to a third party who called the sheriff’s department on Saturday around 5 p.m. At 7 a.m. on Sunday, law enforcement went to the site where they located a grave.
The body was found in the grave site near Jewett Ranch Road which is relatively close (roughly 10 miles by road) to Rancho Sequoia, the last place Garret Rodriguez was known to be living.
According to the Humboldt County Coroner Dave Parris, an autopsy for the body found near Jewett Ranch Road is set for this Sunday. Parris was unwilling to discuss much relating to the actual remains including the possibility that the remains might be Garret Rodriguez but explained, in general terms when they are out on a burial site, if the facts point to a homicide, “the body is treated as evidence.” Unlike a normal death, Parris explained, “After a preliminary look, the body is sealed and won’t be viewed again until the autopsy.” This keeps the chain of evidence intact.
The body from the Jewett Road area, Parris said, will have x-rays done before the autopsy to determine if there are any “foreign substances” but they will be done from outside the seal. The information from the x-rays will be used to help Dr. Mark Super, an out-of-the-area-expert in the field of evidence collection, determine what to look for during the autopsy.
Family and friends of Garret Rodriguez are talking about the situation. An open Facebook group has multiple posts from the Lost Coast Outpost and the Times-Standard about the body being found and a group of men going to the Rancho Sequoia home and taking the property owner away. Family members are hoping their long search for their loved one is coming to a close.
Many in the community of Rancho Sequoia believe they know the name of the person who killed Garret Rodriguez. As commenter Bigg Budd says on the LoCO, “The Vigilante got information that led the Sheriff to the grave. They know who did the murder.”
Will the evidence collected be strong enough to put the perpetrator in jail?
Law enforcement asks that if anyone has any information on this case/these cases to contact Detective Sergeant Diana Freese at 707-268-3639 or the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251. She is heading up all three cases.
Although Private Investigator Chris Cook, who has been investigating the disappearance of Garret Rodriguez, is unwilling to comment on the connection between the cases, she offers that if anyone has information about what happened on Thanksgiving night and the next day, they can “contact us if they don’t feel comfortable talking to law enforcement.” Her office can be reached at 707-839-7422.
- Garret Rodriguez: Last Heard From Near ‘Murder Mountain’
- Possible Homicide:Body Recovered out Jewett Ranch Road
Friday, Nov. 29:
- 3:00 a.m.: Humboldt CO. Sheriff’s Office (HSO) receives call from two men alleging that a home owner in Rancho Sequoia has been shot and taken away in a car.
- 3:30 a.m.: HSO receives call from Garberville Hospital saying they have a gunshot victim.
- Unknown time: HSO speak to gunshot victim.
- Later on the same day: HSO serve a warrant on gunshot victim’s home. Find evidence consistent with story told by two men.
Saturday, Nov. 30:
- 5:00 p.m.: HSO receives phone call telling them of a grave site near Jewett Ranch Rd. (Rumor this was from the PI’s)
Sunday, Dec. 1:
- Around 7:00 a.m.: HSO goes to grave site. There they and the Humboldt Coroner’s office collect evidence.
Kym Kemp / Wednesday, Dec. 4 @ 5:29 p.m. / Weather
The US National Weather Service–(Have you liked them on Facebook yet? You should.)—is reporting a record low in Eureka today of 28° which beats the previous low of 31° set in 1994.
Crescent City also sets a new low for today by dropping to 30° which surpassed the old record of 31° set in 1948!
And tomorrow is supposed to be colder!