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[UPDATE: Found Safe]Suffering From Mental Illness, Willits Man Not Seen by Concerned Family Since the Fourth of July

Shannon Phillips as seen in a Mendocino County Booking Log photo. His daughter said this image is most accurate to how he looks currently.

The family of 50-year-old Willits man Shannon Phillips is concerned. His daughter, Michelle Beck, said no one from her family has seen him since the Fourth of July. The last confirmed sighting of her father makes her think he was in the throes of mental illness.

Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Captain Greg Van Patten told us on July 8, 2022 deputies responded to Lake Mendocino’s Pomo A area after reports that someone was “causing a disturbance.” A sergeant contacted Phillips, found he was associated with a nearby RV, and “released him after contact.” 

Michelle Beck is concerned that her father is not taking his medication, and reported that when he does not take his medicine, “he is not himself.” This extended absence is not like her father, Michelle told us. “We see him every day. Even if it is walking the town of Willits, or he calls us. We have not seen him or heard from him.” Recently, Phillips has become homeless and struggling with his mental health which has led Michelle to keep a close eye on him.

Shannon Phillips is 50 years old. His hair is long and brown/gray. Michelle says her dad is around 145 lbs and stands around 5’7” and could be wearing blue jeans or dark shorts.

If anyone has information about the whereabouts of Shannon Phillips, please reach out to the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 463-4086

UPDATE 7/15/2022: Michelle Beck informed us that her father has been found safe and sound.


  1. For those that want to know it is actually his mother Barbara Maniaci who has been looking for him nonstop and taking care of him up until he abandoned. His mom was keeping the eye on him and trying to keep him safe!

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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFever
Picking Brains—Baring Bones—Playing it By Ear: I'm a reporter in Mendocino County and the Founder of MendoFever.

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