Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Body Found Where Boonville Man Went Missing—Law Enforcement Investigating

This early afternoon brings a troubling update regarding the search for missing Boonville man Jesus Mendoza. Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Captain Greg Van Patten told us that Mendoza’s family had located a deceased subject “submerged in water” near Hendy Woods State Park, the location the missing man was last seen on the late afternoon of Tuesday, June 14, 2022.

As officials work to confirm the identity of the deceased subject, Jennifer Mendoza, Jesus’s sister, told us the deceased person was tragically her brother.

Captain Van Patten said MCSO deputies are en route to the location along with State Parks to confirm the identity of the deceased and to determine jurisdiction. He added that identification of the body will take time today because a water recovery team is being deployed to the location.

Jesus Mendoza (aka “Junior”, “Shotgun”, and “Shotty”) [Photograph provided by Jennifer Mendoza]

In an earlier interview with Jennifer, Jesus’s sister, she told us the last time Jesus was seen on June 14 was in the Hendy Woods area in the company of three men and five women not known to the family. 

The family’s concern was heightened due to the fact Jesus had never spent more than one night away from home, he suffers medical conditions that require monitoring, and he had left behind both his phone and wallet. 

Hoping to track him down, Jennifer said the family had checked all his known friends’ homes and called all the recent contacts on Jesus’s phone and came up with no information about his location.

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As more information comes in on the circumstances surrounding Jesus Mendoza’s disappearance, we will update.

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  1. Just another want to be gang banger look at his nicknames surprise not all flying his rags and parnts be like my soon good kid all in red or blue he not a gang member ond one spray painting and cant even spell right

    • He was not a gang banger. So stop speculating because of his nicknames. He was great kid very sweet, respectful, goofy and always making everyone laugh. If you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say it at all. Those of us who had the privilege of knowing him know he was a awesome kid and didn’t deserve this. He is going to be missed immensely by many in our community. So please take your speculations elsewhere.

    • What an absolute piece of garbage human being you are. He’s latino and has nicknames, so he must be a gang member? I hope you look inside yourself and really examine how screwed up your outlook on life must be to post this on an article reporting the tragic death of a young man who, by all accounts, was sweet and kind to everyone around him.

  2. To the family 🙏Im so sorry for the loss you are feeling right now. My heart goes out to you Mama, (and Sister) and all the people that loved him. I am praying for you. 💔

  3. He had the kindest heart and the warmest smile. One of those rare souls. He’ll be missed deeply and remembered lovingly. My prayers to the family! ❤️

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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFeverhttps://mendofever.com/
I like to think of myself as a reporter for the Average Joe. Journalism has become a craft defined largely by city dwellers on America's coasts. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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