Mendocino Sheriff’s Office Seeks Public’s Help Identifying Dead Woman’s Activities on her Last Day

Press release from the Mendocino Sheriff’s Office:


Anyone with information related to this case is requested to contact Detective Wyant at (707)456-3880 or the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Tip Line at 234-2100.

Synopsis: On 1-07-2016 around 11:58 AM the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office received several 911 calls regarding a deceased female on the California State Beach, at the south end of the MacKerricher State Park. This area is commonly referred to as the “Haul Road”. State Park personnel responded to the area and confirmed there was a deceased female and called for the Coroner to respond.

The State Parks requested assistance from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Detective Unit. During the investigation it was learned a female, 33 years or age, who resides in Little River had been reported missing to the Willits Police Department earlier that morning around 8:00 AM. This person had been experiencing mental health issues and had been staying in the Willits area temporarily.

The investigation confirmed the decedent was indeed the woman reported missing to the Willits Police Department. She had last been seen around 5:30 AM that morning and discovered missing shortly before 8:00 AM.

12548850_10153278431657967_7883524327442352519_nUPDATE ON PRESS RELEASE–

The decedent in this case has been identified as 33 year old Anne Nicole Shapiro of Little River CA.

The decedent was last seen on 1-7-16 around 5:00 AM at a residential facility in the 400 Block of South Main Street in Willits. The decedent’s body was discovered at 11:58 AM on the beach in the 1200 Block of North Main Street in Fort Bragg CA.

The decedent did not own or possess a vehicle. The Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance in determining how the decedent traveled from Willits to Fort Bragg. Anyone who may have seen or given a ride to the decedent is encouraged to contact the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. All business owners or private citizens who own a video/still camera surveillance system on a potential route from this area is asked to review their system between these times to see if the decedent was present in the video or pictures.

Anyone with information related to this case is requested to contact Detective Wyant at (707)456-3880 or the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Tip Line at 234-2100.



  • So sad,I’m so sorry to the family.god bless you all.i hope you get answers.

  • I see pain in those eyes, sad.

  • High surf advisory

    Is she related to the Shapiro’s from So.hum ? What a tragedy those waves are really big this time of year. She looks perfectly fine in her picture .

  • My heart breaks for her. Mental health issues are so hard to live with. I hope she can rest in peace and that the family and friends can get the answers they desire.

  • LeAnna Carson-Hansen

    May her family and dear friends be comforted in their time of extreme grief.
    The only thing positive is that she was found.
    She was not lost to the wind, or the tide, but her earthly shell was recovered.
    No, it is not an easy thing for a mom or dad, or sister, or brother, or lover, or friend to discover the horrid loss of such a wonderous life.
    May she rest in peace.
    May all remember the best of her.
    As a mom my heart weeps for the loss of her life.
    Dang, this is so sad to read.

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