Saturday, December 2, 2023

Where Are You, Riley?: Last Seen Four Days Ago, the Search for Missing Brooktrails Man Continues

Riley Hsieh, a 24-year-old man living in Brooktrials, walked away from his home on Monday, March 27, 2023. Around 11:15 that morning, he took off on foot carrying a bag, turned off his phone, and four days later, his whereabouts are unknown.

Mendocino County’s Search and Rescue team was joined by multiple SAR teams from nearby counties and other agencies yesterday in their search for the missing man. A total of 41 search and rescue personnel combed the forests and hills of Brooktrials.

Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Captain Greg Van Patten told us a Brooktrails resident reported a possible sighting of Hsieh yesterday. SAR members were unable to locate anyone in the area of the sighting.

Captain Van Patten said local SAR resources will deploy today continuing their efforts to locate the young man.

Multiple search and rescue agencies stage as they plan their search for missing man Riley Hsieh [Picture from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office]

Jenna Hsieh, Riley’s brother, told us her brother has never left without notice. She also described his cell phone being turned off as “very unusual”.

Jenna is concerned that her brother was “suffering a mental health crisis” when he walked off from his home on Hawk Terrace, a road in the Brooktrails subdivision northwest of Willits proper. 

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Thie missing man was known to embark on long walks around Brooktrails exploring areas near Lake Emily, the airport, and the disc golf course.

Surveillance footage that captured Hsieh the day he went missing [Picture from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office]

Riley Hsieh is as an Asian American male standing 5’10” and weighing 130 pounds. Surveillance footage captured him on the day he left his home on foot wearing a gray robe, light blue pants (possibly flannel), and carrying a light blue or green bag.

MCSO is asking Brooktrails residents to review any exterior-facing security camera footage for any sign of the missing man. 

If anyone has information regarding Riley Hsieh’s whereabouts, please contact MCSO at (707)463-4086.

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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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