Victim Named in This Weekend’s Alderpoint Homicide

This is a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

Zachary Cordell Harrison

Zachary Cordell Harrison

On 09-23-17 at about 2:44 pm the Sheriff’s Office received a call of a possible homicide in Alderpoint. Once on scene deputies learned that 58 year old Robert James Holtsclaw had been shot and was declared deceased. A witness told deputies that he and Holtsclaw had been stopped at a gate on 6th Street in Alderpoint. The witness saw suspect Zachary Cordell Harrison (27 years old) standing near the vehicle with a firearm. The witness then heard one gunshot which he believed struck the victim. The witness fled from the vehicle and went to nearby neighbor’s house to call for medical assistance. Harrison was believed to have last been seen driving in the Alderpoint area in a black Ford F250 with Oregon license plates. This homicide is currently under investigation and anyone with information is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 445-7251. If Harrison is seen please call 911 immediately. He is to be considered armed and dangerous.

UPDATE: Helicopter and K-9 With Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office in Alderpoint Looking for Homicide Suspect

Earlier Chapter: Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies Search for Murder Suspect



  • its amazing how many Fortunians have their vehicles registered in Oregon. whip-its are dangerous, its safer just to squeeze your neck until you get all tingly.

    • *scratching her head*
      huh? are you saying Harrison is living in fortuna?
      …and you lost me with the whip-it’s comment. so i ask “huh?”

      • he was previously arrested for possession of whip-its and take a guess where he is from. I was told you can register your vehicle in Oregon if you own property in Oregon, like your mother’s retirement home in Brandon for example.

  • Condolences to the family🕊

  • Whipits are individual doses of laughing gas that the lads in AP seem to adore. You can tell by thousands of empties you find thrown down every ravine within 10 miles of there

  • To many wippdts on alp rd

  • Look at him. He is so young. The kind of young that is pretty…his eyes dont even look filled with pain yet. His lips are the color of Indian Paintbrush. How do so many people fall through the cracks. There is no one I would blame…not the law and not you. How many times was he taught that failure is a good choice. When did he decide to use a gun instead of his voice. I can kind of understand that guy that will be tried up ahead for killing the Fortuna fireman who had an affair with his wife. That would hurt.

    Killing for money is hard to figure out.

  • shawn the fisherman

    Its the new millennium motives are irrelevant, But I still wonder why? Its a crazy world these days, Always be ready. I blame the video games and cable T.V. for taking our sensitivity.

  • Robert Holtsclaw’s family & friends have my condolences. The witness must be pretty traumatized. My sympathy goes out to him as well.

  • Lived in Humboldt County 57 years all my life and it’s just so scary to see what’s happened to my beloved Humboldt County saddens me

  • I was born in garb ,and now I am almost ashamed to say that because of the town it has become .all because of illicit drugs it has become tweek Central. To my recollection it all started around 1975 when the Indica seed was introduced to the panther Gap area and the rest is history

  • An uneven, mottled complexion is often an indication of a problem. The dude has a neck on him. Poor everybody.

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