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Missing and Wanted Persons

Missing and Wanted Persons

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Update July 25, 2014: Both murder victims have now been identified in the shootings that occurred recently in the Rancho Sequoia area of Humboldt County. The first victim, Neil Decker, age 49, was found on Friday July 18. The murder suspect was identified by the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office as 30 year old Matthew Aaron Brown. Then on Monday, July 21, at 9:49 pm, Sheriff's Deputies, who were in the area looking for Brown, were alerted that shots had been fired nearby and located a second deceased person, later identified as 57 year old Scott Will Johnson. At around 5 am the next morning, a SWAT team located and arrested suspect Matthew Aaron Brown who is now in custody. The press release describing the events appears below.

HCSO press release, dated July 22, 2014:
On 07-21-2014, at approximately 9:49 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a resident in the Rancho Sequoia area of Humboldt County who reported there had been a shooting and someone was shot. Two Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were in the Rancho Sequoia area at the time, looking for murder suspect Matthew Aaron Brown, 30 years old, who was wanted for the 07-18-2014 shooting homicide of Neil Decker, age 49. The deputies heard several shots at the same time the citizen reported the shots, and were on scene within minutes. The deputies were informed by the citizen that murder suspect Matthew Brown was in the area where the shots had been fired. The deputies were also informed that local residents had gone looking for Brown, and that one of the residents was believed to be shot and had major injuries. Medical personnel were called to the scene, along with additional law enforcement from the California Highway Patrol and Fortuna Police department. Medical personnel staged in the area awaiting law enforcement personnel to secure the scene for their safety.

The deputies located a deceased person in the roadway.  Due to an armed murder suspect being in the area, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team was called to the scene.

The SWAT team arrived at approximately 5:00 a.m., 07-22-2014, and located murder suspect Matthew Arron Brown at approximately 6:00 a.m. Brown was arrested and is currently enroute to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.  Humboldt County Sheriff’s Detectives are being assisted by Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office Investigators, Eureka Police Detectives and California Department of Justice .

A Humboldt County Superior Court Search Warrant has been obtained and investigators have begun searching the property.  The area is still an active crime scene and it is unknown if there are any other victims. Additional information will be released as it becomes available; investigators are still in the process of determining what happened. This is the fourth homicide in the Rancho Sequoia area in the last 24 months.
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.

 

The previous post on this case appears below.

 


 

Last Friday night ( July 18, 2014) 49 year-old Neil Eugene Decker from Alderpoint was shot in the chest with a shotgun at a location described by a Humboldt County Sheriff's Office press release as the 2000 block of Rancho Sequoia near Alderpoint. Despite medical personnel's efforts to save his life, Decker died of the gunshot wound before he could be airlifted to a medical facility.

A subsequent HCSO press release identified the suspected shooter as Matthew Aaron Brown, age 30. Brown (shown in the photo) is described as a white, male adult, 5’-11” in height, weight 200 pounds, with a shaved head and blue eyes. The Sheriff’s Office has issued an alert to other local law enforcement agencies to arrest Brown for homicide and considers Brown to be armed and dangerous. If Brown is spotted HCSO advises members of the public to call 9-1-1 and not to approach him. This is the third homicide in the Rancho Sequoia area of Alderpoint in the last 24 months. Both press releases appear below.

HCSO press release, dated, July 21, 2014:
The victim in the homicide has been identified as Neil Eugene Decker age 49 from Alderpoint. The suspect has been identified as Matthew Aaron Brown age 30. Brown is described as a white, male adult, 5’-11” in height, weight 200 pounds, with a shaved head and blue eyes.

The homicide occurred in the 2000 block of Rancho Sequoia near Alderpoint. The victim and suspect were acquainted with each other. They got into a verbal argument over personal property on Friday night before the shooting. Shortly after the argument the suspect shot the victim in the chest with a shotgun. The suspect then fled the area on a green motorcycle.

The Sheriff’s Office has issued an alert to other local law enforcement agencies to arrest Brown for homicide. The Sheriff’s Office considers Brown to be armed and dangerous. The Sheriff’s Office is advising the public is they see Matthew Brown to call 9-1-1 and do not approach him.

This homicide is the third homicide in the Rancho Sequoia area of Alderpoint in the last 24 months.

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


Original press release:
On 07/18/2014 at approximately 10:51 PM, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a male subject in his fifties that was shot in the chest. The shooting occurred in the Alderpoint area of Southern Humboldt. Deputies responded with assistance from the California Highway Patrol and the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. Medical personnel arrived on scene and began life saving efforts. The victim was transported to a landing zone to be flown out by helicopter. The victim succumbed to his injury prior to being transported by helicopter.

The whereabouts of the suspect involved in the shooting is unknown at this time. This incident is currently being investigated by Detectives with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and personnel from the Department of Justice.

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.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Teen missing from Eureka area

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Morgan Martin, a 14 year old girl, (shown in the photo) was reported missing as of 8:30 pm Friday, July 4, 2014 and was last seen on Parkwood Boulevard in Eureka.

Morgan Martin is described as: a white female, 5’7” tall, brown eyes, with short strawberry blond hair, and weighs approximately 178 lbs. She was last seen wearing dark Yoga pants, dark San Francisco Giants ball cap and a pink blouse. Her hair is in a ponytail, and she carries a flowered purse. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Morgan is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.


Humboldt County Sheriff's Office Press Release, dated July 9, 2014:
On 07-05-2014, at approximately 1:00 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the grandmother of Morgan Martin, 14 years old. The grandmother reported that she is the guardian of Martin. On July 4, 2014, they were on Parkwood Boulevard, Eureka watching fireworks together at approximately 8:30 p.m.  Martin told her she was going to visit a friend and walked off. She failed to come home. The grandmother searched for her until approximately midnight. The grandmother checked with all her friends, and no one had seen Martin or had any idea where she was.

The grandmother is concerned not only due to her age, but also because Martin has medical issues which require medication.

Morgan Martin is described as follows:  14 years old, white female, 5’7” tall, brown eyes, short strawberry blond hair, approximately 178 lbs. Last seen wearing dark Yoga pants, dark San Francisco Giants ball cap and pink blouse. Her hair is in a ponytail and she carries a flowered purse.

Anyone with information for the Sheriffs 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.

A recent streak of "smash and grab" burglaries have the Eureka Police Department requesting help from the public to identify the suspect(s). The burglaries are targeting businesses, typically occur at night, and involve breaking glass to force entry.  According to a EPD press release, “The suspect(s) appears to be a white or light-skinned Hispanic male in his 20’s with a medium to slender build. He typically wears dark clothing with a hat and/or hood and attempts to obscure his face from surveillance cameras." A wanted poster with suspect photos and the EPD press release appear below. Anyone with information concerning these crimes is asked to contact the Eureka Police Department at (707) 441-4060 (main office) or (707) 441-4044 (dispatch).

EPD Press Release, dated May 22, 2014:
The Eureka Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying the suspect(s) involved in a recent rash of “smash and grab” (glass break) commercial burglaries occurring in Eureka. Since January of this year, EPD has identified at least 29 burglaries to retail stores sharing a similar modus operandi in which 1-2 male suspects use objects (such as rocks, bricks, and miscellaneous tools) to force entry via glass break into closed, alarmed businesses. This is primarily occurring under the cover of darkness during the early morning hours.
The suspect(s) typically grabs selected merchandise and then quickly flees the scene on foot or bicycle. The suspect(s) appears to be a white or light-skinned Hispanic male in his 20’s with a medium to slender build. He typically wears dark clothing with a hat and/or hood and attempts to obscure his face from surveillance cameras. It is believed the same 1-2 individuals are responsible for the majority of these burglaries. Items taken have included clothing (such as shirts and designer jeans), tobacco, cash, electronics, jewelry, and tools. Most of these burglaries have occurred in the Henderson Center, Old Town, and Downtown (4th/5th Street corridor) business districts.
Anyone with information concerning these crimes is asked to contact the Eureka Police Department at (707) 441-4060 (main office) or (707) 441-4044 (dispatch).

In response to these burglaries, EPD has significantly increased foot and vehicle patrols in the affected areas. Numerous suspicious subjects have been contacted during these directed patrols and officers have made several arrests of individuals suspected of theft and drug related activity. However, these suspects have not been definitively connected to any of the smash and grab burglaries.
Retailers should consider implementing a number of “target-hardening” options to reduce their future burglary risks. These preventative actions include:
1) Upgrading external security. Adopting measures such as: strengthening locks and reinforcing doors and windows; installing physical barriers such as strengthened glass, shutters, metal grilles, or window/glass protection films in windows and glass doors; installing high definition, quality video cameras to monitor possible entry points (ideally, these cameras should record to a hard drive and provide good image quality in low light conditions); and installing security lighting at entry points 2) Installing audible, monitored burglar alarms. 3) Safeguarding cash and valuable stock. This includes: removing high-value goods from window displays; concealing goods; using safes or secure cages for the most valuable items in stockrooms; marking valuable goods such as computers with traceable, hard-to-remove identification numbers; banking cash each day; and leaving empty cash registers open at night (to prevent their being broken into). 4) Employing security guards after hours. 5) Utilizing environmental design modifications. This entails changing landscaping and design features to (1) discourage access to all but intended users, (2) allow intruders to be more easily spotted. Also, revise landscaping to remove the convenient “tools” burglars may use as a projectile through a window (such as large river rocks, bricks etc.). Retailers wishing to have an officer visit their store to assess security and burglary prevention options may contact EPD to set up an appointment.

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:

 

 


 

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