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