Family of Missing Man Says They Have to Hire Searchers Because Trinity Sheriff Won’t Help During Harvest
The family of a man missing between Kettenpom and Covelo says they have hired a private company to search the area because the Trinity County Sheriffs Department is not willing to provide search help during the marijuana harvesting season.
According to Maggie Kehm, sister of the the missing man, Shannon House, a member of the Department said it wasn’t the time of year to be searching on private property–“T’is the season.”
When called, a representative of the Sheriff’s Department stated that no one was available to respond to questions about the man who went missing almost a week ago. House was last seen outside the residence where he was staying and disappeared leaving behind his vehicle, wallet, phone and shoes. (See earlier story here.)
“A private party said, if we tried to have the Sheriff’s Department fly over, the whole mountain would go crazy,” stated Kehm. However, she pointed out that not everyone felt defensive. “There were neighbors that said they didn’t mind us searching and they had searched their property for us.”
“I think he was confused and lost in the middle of the woods,” she said. “I’m just afraid we’re not going to be able to get to him…We just want it to be clear that we don’t care what everyone is doing. We just want to find Shannon. This is so uncharacteristic of him. I fear he is out there and needs our help.”
Caleb Godlewski, Shannon House’s brother-in-law, says the family has a gofundme campaign because “the powers that be refuse to help us with the search and rescue efforts.”
Godlewski hopes that people will help support the family’s efforts to find the missing man. “I am praying we can muster the support we need to do the impossible and bring this Humboldt [C]ounty native and all around amazing man back home safe and sound,” he said. “We’ve already employed Air Shasta and we [had] their pilots going out for their second mission today and we’re ever hopeful.”
If you have any information about the missing man, you can contact the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office at 530-623-2611. Family can be contacted at (707) 672-3333.
UPDATE 10/19: Press release from the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office:
As of today, Monday, October 19, 2015 Shannon House is still missing. The area around Mr. House’s residence has been searched by friends and family. A private helicopter was hired to come and fly the area of where House was last seen. Detectives have received information of Mr. House being sighted in the Covelo area and they are following up on those reports.
There has not been any other information received regarding his whereabouts. If you have any information regarding of Shannon House please contact the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office at 530-623-2611.