[Update 12:13 p.m.: Body Found] Jogger Missing From McKinleyville Area

This is a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:


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On Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at about 9 p.m. Humboldt County Deputy Sheriffs responded to the 2600 block of Knox Cove Drive, McKinleyville, CA for a missing person report. Upon arrival, the Deputies spoke with the reporting party. The reporting party told the Deputies his brother, 63 year old Lester Abbey is visiting from New Zealand and went for a jog on the beach at about 4:30 that evening. The reporting party believed Abbey headed to the beach via Hammond Trail to Mad River area and then run back to the residence north along the beach. Abbey left the residence with “only the clothes on his back,” and has no friends or other relatives in the area. Abbey had no supplies, but is stated to be in good physical shape and family believes him to be capable of sustaining himself overnight if nothing catastrophic happened.

Deputies checked the area of the Hammond Trail to the Mad River Beach area as well as some beach areas north of that location. The US Coast Guard helicopter also flew the area, but was unable to locate any signs of Abbey.

Deputies along with a US Coast Guard helicopter are continuing the search for Abbey today, June 29th.

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.

Update 12:13 p.m.: From HCSO:

At 9:20 this morning, the Sheriff’s Office received a report of a deceased person in the area of Hiller Road and Ocean Drive, McKinleyville. The Coast Guard helicopter retrieved the body and brought it to the Mad River Boat Ramp. The deceased person was positively identified by the Humboldt County Sheriff Coroner’s Division as missing person Lester Abbey.

Lester Abbey’s family has been notified. An autopsy will be performed to determine cause of death.



  • LOCO is reporting the coroner was called to the Mad River boat ramp. Don’t know if it’s related.

  • Oh man, what happened????

  • veterans friend

    How sad…

  • A good friend of mine was just telling me he has been worried about safety on the Hammond trail saying there has been an increase of rude homeless persons on and in the bushes .especially after Eureka dispersal of devils play ground .
    I wish dirty harry would take an evening stroll.

    • Pure $300/oz. New zealand and australia have most expensive cristal in the wierld. $900/gram.check internet.this will only change with copswap.

  • He left Knox Cove to head to the Beach? Then run north home along the beach? Good luck with that, you can’t run North and get back to Knox Cove, unless you cross the river. Very confusing.
    Very sad for his family. He was in good enough shape to do this. I hope it wasn’t foul play since he was found near that intersection.

  • What was the cause of death?? I’m assuming it wasn’t foul play, since there have not been any updates. If anyone knows, please post!

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