[UPDATE] Man Missing Near Alderpoint
A man is missing from the Rancho Sequoia/Alderpoint community in Southern Humboldt. Mitchell Hernandez, who was visiting family, was last seen November 20. “He’s not from the area,”explained Selena Zorrilla-Mendoza of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department. “The people he was with attempted to look for him and they were unsuccessful.”
According to Ray Villarreal, who described himself as Hernandez’s brother-in-law, “He was last seen in [the] Alderpoint area… at around 2:00 to 2:30 pm down by the river…I found his backpack kinda by the waters edge just sitting there.”
Zorrilla-Mendoza explained that “his backpack was found near the river near Fort Seward.”
There have been multiple rumors about Hernandez’s disappearance. Zorrilla-Mendoza was unwilling to confirm any but said,”It is under investigation as to what he may have been doing when he left the people he was with…If there was an incident, we would like the people to come forward so we can speak to them in regards to what may have occurred…He may have been in possession of a firearm.”
According to another sister who lives in Texas, Tiffany “Rian” Hernandez, she explained that she was told her brother had a gun. “[He had been] given a .40 caliber pistol,” she said. “The gun is gone and my brother is missing. It has been 9 days…The worst case is he’s gone and we don’t have any resolution…. He has family; he has his kids. We don’t know what the truth is.”
UPDATE Thursday: Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:
On Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at approximately 4:10 p.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a missing male subject. The reporting party stated her son, 47 year old Mitchell Hernandez, had not been seen or heard from since November 20, 2016. Hernandez was reported to have been visiting family in the Rancho Sequoia area of Alderpoint in Southern Humboldt on November 20th. At some point, Hernandez left the residence on foot and was possibly en route to a nearby store. Hernandez has not been heard from since.
Family members located Hernandez’s backpack near the river bar, below the town of Alderpoint. Deputies returned to that area to search but were unable to locate any further signs of Hernandez. Hernandez possibly suffers from mental health issues and reported hearing voices the night of his disappearance. Deputies investigating the disappearance have been unable to locate Hernandez as of this time. Hernandez is described as a Hispanic male adult, 5’9” tall, 200 lbs, with brown graying hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a gray sweatshirt.
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.