Tuesday, October 3, 2023

One Week After Going Missing, the Search for Brooktrails Man Continues

24-year-old Riley Hsieh walked away from his Brooktrails home last Monday, March 24, 2023, and has not come home since. Despite a coordinated search effort by local authorities and reports of sightings, he remains unaccounted for one week after walking off.

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office believes the young man to still in the Brooktrails area of Willits. Via a post on the agency’s Facebook page, MCSO asks that if a member of the public sees the missing man to “not approach him and instead immediately call the Sheriff’s Office.”

Further, MCSO states “Please watch him from a distance while contacting the Sheriff’s Office, so that a dispatcher can update searchers while they respond.”

Jenna Hsieh, Riley’s sister, told us in an earlier interview her brother could be in the midst of a mental health crisis, which could account for the instructions provided by MCSO.

The young man was known to often set off on foot from his home on Hawk Terrace and explore the Brooktrails area on ranging from Lake Emily, the Willits Airport, to the disc golf course.

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

Last week, dozens of Search and Rescue personnel from around the North Bay converged on Brooktrails combing the hills and forests of the rural residential area. Despite unconfirmed sightings of him at the time, he was not found.

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Riley Hsieh is described as an Asian American male. He is 5’10” and weighs 130 pounds. Surveillance footage uncovered by investigators 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.

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

MCSO is asking Brooktrails residents to review any exterior-facing security camera footage for any sign of the missing man and be mindful of any outbuildings for the possibility he could have been in the area.

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

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  1. They should be checking the homes of every registered sex offender in the area. Just in case someone took him.

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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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