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Missing and Wanted Persons

Missing and Wanted Persons

Browse this section to find information and photos (when available) for missing persons and persons wanted by law enforcement agencies.

Benjamin Jasper Carter (shown in the photo) is wanted for questioning in connection with the murder of Zackery Jacob Chapman, age 36, from Redway. Chapman's body was found Last Saturday, April 19, 2014, just off of Kimtu Road, Garberville. On Friday the 18th, after the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received information regarding a possible homicide, Melinda Elaine Carter (shown in the photo below), age 41, the wife of suspect Benjamin Jasper Carter, was arrested in Redway for conspiracy and accessory to a homicide, auto theft and arson. According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, the homicide is believed to have occurred on a property off Conic Creek, Garberville, where a trailer on the property had been burned down, possibly in an attempt to conceal evidence. The HCSO press releases appear below.

Carter is described to as a white male, age 33, 6’3”, 180 lbs., brown hair, and blue eyes. Carter’s head may be shaved bald and he may have a goatee and mustache. Carter has multiple tattoos on his chest, back, arms, legs, and neck. Carter is associated with a black GMC truck, CA license 6R68046. The truck has a blue tailgate with an Oakland Raiders design and front end damage. Carter is believed to be armed and dangerous - if seen, do not approach the suspect and contact law enforcement.

If anyone has information on this homicide they are encouraged to call Investigator Cheryl Franco at 707-268-3644 or the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251. 


HCSO press release, dated April 21, 2014:
On 04-18-2014 at about 10:30pm, Humboldt County Sheriff Office Detectives arrested Melinda Elaine Carter age 41 for conspiracy and accessory to a homicide, auto theft and arson.  Melinda Carter was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility in Eureka where her bail was set at $750,000 dollars. Detectives located Melinda Carter in a motel room at the Brass Rail Motel in Redway where they had served a search warrant related to the homicide investigation. Melinda Carter is the wife of the suspect, Benjamin Jasper Carter age 33, who has not been arrested yet in connection of the homicide.

On 04-19-2014 at about 12:30pm, a citizen dialed 9-1-1 after locating a deceased male body just off Kimtu Road, Garberville. The body was in the water near the river bank. Sheriff’s Office Detectives, who were in the area immediately responded to the scene. Sheriff’s Offices Detectives assisted by the California Department of Justice processed the crime scene. The Humboldt County Coroner Office responded to the scene to take possession of the body.

The male victim was identified by the Coroner’s Office as Zackery Jacob Chapman age 36 from Redway. Chapman appears to have died from the result of a gunshot wound. An Autopsy is scheduled for later this week.

On 04-19-2014 the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office along with Humboldt County Arson Task Force and the California Department of Justice processed the homicide scene, which was located on a piece of property off Conic Creek, Garberville. A trailer on the property had been burned down after the homicide in an attempt to conceal evidence where the homicide occurred.

The Sheriff’s Office is advising the public if they see the suspect Benjamin Jasper Carter to immediately contact law enforcement and do not approach Carter, who is considered armed and dangerous. They are being advised to dial 9-1-1.

 If anyone has information on this homicide they are encouraged to call Investigator Cheryl Franco at 707-268-3644 or the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251.
       

HCSO press release, dated April 19, 2014:
On 04/18/2014 the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received information regarding a possible homicide involving a firearm that occurred in the Southern Humboldt area. The Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating this allegation with the assistance from the District Attorney Investigator’s Office, Department of Justice (DOJ), Arson Task Force, and the California Highway Patrol (CHP).

Benjamin Jasper Carter is wanted for questioning in association to this investigation. Carter is described to be a white male, age 33, 6’3”, 180 lbs, brown hair, and blue eyes. Carter’s head may be shaved bald and he may have a goatee and mustache. Carter has multiple tattoos on his chest, back, arms, legs, and neck. Carter is associated with a black GMC truck, CA license 6R68046. The truck has a blue tailgate with an Oakland Raiders design and front end damage. Carter is believed to be armed and dangerous. If seen, do not approach and contact law enforcement.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

Melinda Elaine Carter shown in the photo below:

 

 


 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Missing Weott woman found unharmed

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Update: April 14, 2014 - Shannon Paige Sundberg, previously reported as missing, was located last Saturday safe and not in need of further assistance by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. The press release update appears below.

HCSO press release, dated April 12, 2014:
On 04/12/2014 at approximately 2 PM, missing person Shannon Paige Sundberg was located by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.  A citizen had phoned the Sheriff’s Office and stated that they were traveling behind the vehicle that was associated with Shannon Sundberg. The caller stated the vehicle was last seen traveling south bound on Highway 101 in Eureka taking the Humboldt Hill exit. A Sheriff’s Deputy was in the immediate area at the time of the call and located Sundberg parked in her vehicle at the Humboldt Hill Vista Point. Paige was contacted and did not require any further assistance from the Sheriff’s Office.

The original post on this story appears below.


 

Shannon Sundberg (shown in the photo) was reported missing early this morning (April 11, 2014) by her husband. Her husband reported, to the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, that she left last evening to drive from her home in Weott to a medical appointment in Fortuna.

Shannon Sundberg is described as follows: White female, 5’ 7” tall, 120 lbs., brownish red shoulder length hair and green eyes. She was last seen wearing blue jeans and knee high leather boots with heels. She is driving a silver 2003 Saturn Ion, California plate 5CVV666. Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539. The HCSO press release appears below.

HCSO press release, dated April 11, 2014:
On 04-11-2014, at approximately 2:00 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the husband of Shannon Paige Sundberg who reported her as a missing person- overdue motorist.  Her husband told the investigating deputy that Shannon Sundberg left their Weott home on 04-10-2014, at approximately 6:30 p.m., for a medical appointment in the Fortuna area. He said his wife has had medical issues for several months and he was concerned when she failed to come home or contact him. He tried to call her cell phone and it rings directly to her voice mail. He told the deputy her failure to contact him or come home is completely out of character.

Shannon Sundberg is described as follows: White female, 5’ 7” tall, 120 lbs, brownish red shoulder length hair and green eyes. She was last seen wearing blue jeans and knee high leather boots with heels. She is driving a silver 2003 Saturn Ion, California plate 5CVV666.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Accused murderer now in Humboldt jail

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Terrance D. BrownAccused Nashville murderer Terrance D. Brown is now in custody in Eureka (Humboldt County), California.

          Brown, 25, was arrested Monday night at a casino hotel after security there found a substance thought to be meth in bedding that had come from his room and notified the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.  Brown claimed to be someone else; however, a fingerprint check revealed his true identity and that he is a fugitive from Nashville.

          Brown is under indictment for the September 8, 2012 shooting death of Dennis Prutianov on Moss Road in South Nashville.  Prutianov, 26, was fatally wounded when shots were fired into his house.  A second suspect, Terrence Clark, 24, was arrested in July of last year on a murder indictment and remains in the Metro Jail awaiting trial.

          The murder case is not Brown’s only issue.  He is also named in arrest warrants issued in October 2012 charging two counts of aggravated robbery and one count of aggravated assault.  In that matter, he is accused of entering a residence in the 2500 block of Elm Hill Pike, robbing the two persons inside at gunpoint, and firing a shot at one of the victims as he fled.

          Brown’s return to Nashville is pending.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Attempted Murder Suspect Wanted

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Silverio Parro Snider SanchezBased upon their investigation, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Detectives have been able to identify Silverio Parro Snider Sanchez, 22 years old from Eureka, as being responsible for the intentional assault of a United States Forest Service Law Enforcement Agent on March 15th, 2014. Detectives are in the process of requesting a warrant for Sanchez’s arrest. Detectives are requesting charges of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, felony evading a police officer, and a variety of other charges. Sanchez is currently wanted on five other outstanding felony and misdemeanor arrest warrants. Those warrants include charges of rape, kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest, vandalism, drugs, and battery. 
 
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, United States Marshals Service, United States Forest Service, Trinity County Sheriff’s Office and Fortuna Police Department are requesting the public’s help in locating Sanchez, who is considered to be armed and dangerous. If you see him, call 911. He has connections to the Ruth Lake, Fortuna, Eureka, and Rio Dell communities.
 
There is reward money available for information leading to Sanchez’s arrest.
 
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.
 
 
Previous Press Release:
 
On Saturday March 15th at approximately 8:56 PM, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified that Officers from the United States Forest Service (USFS) were involved in a pursuit with a silver Jeep Liberty on Highway 36 in the 28000 block range. A USFS Officer was injured after being struck by the suspect’s vehicle and shots were fired by USFS Officers at the suspect vehicle. Units from the California Highway Patrol (CHP), Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, and Fortuna Police Department responded to the area to assist. CHP units located the suspect vehicle and were involved in a pursuit after the suspect vehicle failed to yield. CHP units attempted to disable the vehicle. The suspect vehicle was eventually disabled in the area of mile post marker 28; however, the suspect fled on foot into the brush. 
 
The USFS Officer was later flown to an area hospital in Redding were the officer’s condition was listed as stable. The incident is still under investigation by the USFS and the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. The Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) are investigating the officer involved shooting. The CHP’s Multi-Disciplinary Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) is investigating the multiple vehicle collisions involving Law Enforcement units and the suspect vehicle. The suspect is currently at large and is considered armed and dangerous. 
 
Mike Downey
Sheriff
 
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