[UPDATE 8:41 p.m.: She’s Been Found!] Missing Tara Dragani
Steady dark eyes look out from a mugshot of Tara Dragani. This serious face belongs to a daughter, a sister, a friend. She’s lived in SoHum and she protested the Willits Bypass in Mendocino County. She was arrested and her then boyfriend was even sentenced to 150 days in jail.
Now she’s missing and her family and friends are frantic.
“I filed a nationwide missing person report with the Calaveras country police,” said her sister, Maria Accorinti. “They told me they had two interactions with her in October/November.” But since then Tara hasn’t been seen.
“She has struggled with mental illness and drugs in the past and now we are very worried she is not safe,” Accorinti explained.
“No family or friend have spoken with her since January,” she said. “I am the last person that saw her and she was in Calaveras County.”
Accoriniti said that her sister called her father in January. “She called my father in early January from a random number and said she was in California and that her car was stuck in the impound,” Accoriniti said. “She asked my father to send money to get it [a white 2001 Subaru Forester] out. When he asked for the name of the establishment where the car was, Tara would not say exactly. She got frustrated and the call ended.”
Since then, Accoriniti says there has been no word. “I worry she may have gotten mixed up with bad people out there and now is in a dire situation, Accoriniti said. “It’s not usual for Tara to stay out if contact with everyone for this long. She is a beautiful woman and anything at this point could be possible.”
Accoriniti said, “The last confirmed sighting was October in Calaveras County and there have been possible unconfirmed (the person wasn’t even sure if it was definitely her) sightings in Humboldt this May.”
Accoriniti is especially worried because Tara deleted her Facebook and “tossed her phone” late last October. “We feel her cutting contact and her deleting her social media was a red flag,” Accoriniti said. “She struggled with drugs last time she lived out there and got caught up with some terrible people. We just want to make sure she is alive and ok.”
If anyone has information, please call the Calavaras County Sheriff’s Department at (209) 754-6500.
UPDATE 8:41 p.m.: Maria contacted us to let us know that Tara has been located. Thank you all for your help.