The following is a press release issued by the Ukiah Police Department. This has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On 7-1-2023 about 8:25 PM, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center received an emergency call regarding a missing 5-year-old child who had been swept down the river, in the area of the 34000 block of Etsel Ridge Road in Covelo, California. Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded Code 3 (lights and sirens) and immediately requested Fire and Medical personnel be dispatched to assist in searching for the child.
The child was located by private citizens who immediately began life saving measures for the child. Upon arrival of the Deputies, the life saving measures were being conducted in the ambulance. Unfortunately, even with the best efforts of emergency personnel, the child passed away.
This case is still under investigation and further information will be released as it becomes available.