Mendocino Search and Rescue Deployed After ‘Despondent’ Gualala Woman Goes Missing in the Woods

The following is a press release issued by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office:

On 12-30-2020 at about 5:30 PM, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a missing person situation in the 37000 block of Old Stage Road in Gualala, California.

Upon arrival Deputies learned several members of the community, family and South Coast Fire Department personnel were searching the area for Kerry Bonanno.

Kerry Bonanno [Picture from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office]

During their investigation, Deputies learned Bonanno had telephoned family/friend and said she was walking away from her home into the woods as she was despondent.

Deputies searched the area during the night but were unable to find Bonanno.

Bonanno is described as being a white female adult, standing 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 130 pounds. Bonanno has blonde hair, blue eyes and it is unknown what clothing Bonanno was wearing when she walked away from her residence.

This investigation is ongoing at this time and anyone with information about Bonanno’s current whereabouts is urged to contact the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office by calling 707-463-4086.

The Sheriff’s Office will be deploying Mendocino County Search & Rescue resources for a further search during the morning of 12-31-2020 to include a bloodhound tracking dog to aid in the search.

Further updates will be posted via press release and on the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page ( as they become available.

Sheriff Matthew C. Kendall would like to thank the Mendocino County Search & Rescue volunteers for their continued support and dedication to life saving missions of this nature.

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