Cold Case Mendocino

Telling the Tales of the Emerald Triangle’s Missing and Murdered People



The Drive-By Shooting Death of Mendocino County Coastal Resident Nicole Smith Remains Unsolved Three-Years Later

Today marks the three year anniversary of the unsolved murder of Mendocino Coast woman Nicole Smith. She was shot in a drive-by shooting on the Manchester Rancheria surrounded by her family and still today her killer walks free. Please share this story far and wide to make sure Nicole’s story is never forgotten.

[UPDATE: Located] Ukiah Woman Goes Missing After Meeting Up with Friend at Low Gap Park on Thursday Night

44-year-old Cherice Novo met a friend to have some drinks in Ukiah’s Low Gap Park parking lot on the evening of Thursday, November 5, 2020. According to her oldest daughter Nesha Beaty, her mother and the friend fell asleep in the car, and when Novo’s friend awoke the following morning, Novo was gone. Novo’s friend told Beaty all that remained was her lighter and cell phone. Beaty said her mother has not been seen or heard from since.

Mission Statement

Many seek the solitude and beauty of Mendocino County. For the many who call the Emerald Triangle their home, the line is thin between solitude and isolation. When living amongst the wilderness and waves, it is important citizens care about the well being of their neighbors. Cold Case Mendocino hopes to unite community members of the Emerald Triangle in the shared task of the finding those that have been lost. Families are forever affected when loved ones disappear. Citizens with boots on the ground must carry the torch of the missing forward. Please contact Cold Case Mendocino if you know of any Missing or Endangered Persons in Mendocino County and the greater Emerald Triangle


About Me

Matt LaFever has lived in the Emerald Triangle for nearly 15 years. He completes all the research, interviews, and writing associated with Cold Case Mendocino. During the day he works as an English and Journalism Teacher at a high school in Mendocino County.