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Santa Rosa Man Missing Near Hopland Found Deceased This Morning


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

[Stock image by Matt LaFever]

On 04-01-2022 at approximately 11:08 P.M. the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the Santa Rosa Police Department regarding a missing person investigation. 

Anthony Irvin, a 56 year-old male from Santa Rosa (California), was reported missing by family members.  Santa Rosa Police Department started their investigation which led to a possible location in the 18000 block of Mountain House Road south of Hopland, California (Mendocino County). 

Deputies responded to the area and located a vehicle in a turnout, which was registered to Irvin.  Deputies checked the area and were unable to locate Irvin. 

Anthony Irvin [Photograph provided by the Santa Rosa Police Department]

On the morning of 04-02-2022, Deputies responded back to the area and searched the area by vehicle, by foot and by Unmanned Aerial Vehicle’s (UAV). 

On 04-03-2022 and 04-04-2022 Deputies continued to search the area by vehicle, foot and UAV. 

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On 04-04-2022 Deputies were assisted by a Mendocino County Volunteer Search and Rescue member with his Canine partner. 

On 04-04-2022 at approximately 9:26 AM, Irvin was located deceased on a property accessed from Mountain House Road in Hopland.  This area was in the vicinity of where his vehicle was previously located.

Next of Kin has been notified of Irvin’s death. 

The preliminary cause of death is believed to be suicide.

Editor’s Note:

Many aspects of the Emerald Triangle’s rural lifestyle lend themselves to suicide risk factors. Those risk factors, as described by the Center for Disease Control, include barriers to health care, social isolation, and high rates of adverse childhood experiences, 

Please remember, if you or a loved one are suffering from mental distress there are many resources that can be accessed including:

  • The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): 1-800-950-6264, info@nami.org
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): (800) 662-4357
  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): (866) 615-6464
  • Mental Health America Hotline: Text MHA to 741741
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
  • Crisis Text Line: Text CONNECT to 741741

In efforts to educate the public regarding suicide prevention, the following infographic from the National Institute of Mental Health provides guidance in warning signs associated with suicide:

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  1. Anthony (Tony) Irvin was a lovely, creative, fun guy. The way he adored his family and his dog Felix was incredibly heartwarming. Tony will be truly missed every single day. Deeply loved. He may be gone but he will never be forgotten ???


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