Cold Case Mendocino

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



Trinity County Man Missing for 12 Days Grew Increasingly Erratic Before Disappearing

Graham was told that in the days leading up to her father’s disappearance, he had been displaying signs of mental instability. She said, “The person who reported my dad missing is named Dave, he lives on the property. He said that my dad had been talking kind of weird, looking up at the water towers, talking about cracks in the earth and people in the mountains.”

[UPDATE: 5/22/20 3:30pm] Fortuna Teenager Ran-Away Over Two Weeks Ago; Mother and Law Enforcement Concerned for Her Safety

Alianna Gordon, a 17-year-old girl from Fortuna, California, told her grandmother that she was going to take a nap on May 1 but, later that day, her grandmother discovered she had run away from their Whitethorn home. Alianna, who also goes by “Anna”, was seen in the afternoon of April 30 by her aunt near Whitethorn Junction. She told her aunt she was going to go swimming. Based on this information, Stevanie Smith, her mother, described spending “all night looking in the waterways” and contacted the Fortuna Police Department on May 2 after not finding any signs of her daughter.

Search for San Jose Missing Man Prompts Mendocino County Sheriff Response to Round Valley’s ‘Invasion of Illegal Marijuana Grows’

A video posted on the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page Tuesday featured Sheriff Matt Kendall describing an “invasion of illegal marijuana grows” propagating in Round Valley and vowed to increase efforts to eradicate them. The video explained the case of a missing San Jose man Victor Medina, who was last known to be working […]

Hoopa Valley Tribe Contributes $15,000 Reward for Information Leading to Missing Man

Hoopa Valley Tribe Chairman Byron Nelson, Jr. said the tribe is “one big family” and when someone is in trouble “the tribe does everything it can to help.” In response to the tribe’s contribution, Alicia Audelo, Bussell’s daughter, said, “I am very thankful that our tribe is offering the $15,000 reward. I’m very hopeful that someone will step up and lead us to my dad. Like I said before We Will Not Stop!!!! My father is loved beyond words & my family & I just want him home!!!!”

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 they day he works as an English and Journalism Teacher at a high school in Mendocino County.