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[UPDATE: Great News!]Shasta County Man Goes Missing After Abruptly Leaving Ukiah Rehab Facility

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Justin Matthew Clark [All images provided by his wife Leigha Bowden Davis Clark]

36-year-old Shasta County man Justin Matthew Clark came to Ukiah just over three months ago for rehabilitative treatment at the Ford Street Project. Last Monday, September 11, 2023, he abruptly left the treatment facility and texted his family “I think I need to come home.” He has not been seen nor heard from since. 

We spoke with his wife, Leigha Bowden Davis Clark, who told us that her husband’s lack of communication with her, other family members, and his best friends is concerning and out of character. 

Leigha told us she drove to Ukiah last Friday and spent hours asking around if anyone had seen her husband. A representative at Ukiah homeless shelter Building Bridges reportedly told Leigha her husband had tried to find a bed there one week ago but has not been seen since.

She has access to his Gmail account and saw that yesterday, September 16, 2023, his account pinged to the 1500 block of Talmage Court. 

Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Quincy Cromer confirmed a missing person report had been filed with his agency. Based on the circumstances, investigators entered Clark’s circumstances into the California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System and issued a Be On the Lookout to regional agencies casting a wide net to track down Clark’s whereabouts. 

Leigha told us her husband is approximately 6’ tall, weighs 200 lbs, and has green eyes and brown hair. He sports a goatee or a beard and often wears t-shirts, jeans, a watch, bracelets, and a cross necklace. He has tattoos on his right shoulder and the center of his back.

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If you have any information about Justin Clark’s whereabouts, please contact the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office at (707)463-4063.


UPDATE 9/17/2023 10:44 p.m.: Leigha Bowden Davis Clark told us great news: Justin reached out via telephone and will be picked up in Ukiah by family tomorrow. Thank you to readers who shared this piece and helped a family find a loved one.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Nice to have a Happy Ending ~ yippee!
    I’m sure his family & friends are relieved and grateful…probably sleep better now, too…
    Thanks be for all who helped and prayed.
    A Caring Stranger

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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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