The following is a press release issued by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office:
Coroner’s Death Investigation / Missing Person Investigation
Pacific Ocean south of the Ten Mile River
Date of Incident:
Charles Case (58-year-old male from Lake County – Deceased)
Kenneth Silva (61-year-old male from Lake County – Missing Person)
Sergeant Ze Lima #1224
On 11-10-2023 at approximately 3:41 PM, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the report of a deceased adult male (identified as Charles Case) washed ashore near the Ten Mile Dunes, north of McKerricher State Park near Fort Bragg, California.
Deputies arrived and determined that Case had been aboard a small pleasure craft that had capsized and also washed ashore, approximately one-half mile north of where Case was located.
Deputies developed information that a second person, identified as Kenneth Silva, was also aboard the vessel when it was launched from Noyo Harbor less than two hours prior.
Over the next 24 hours, the ocean area was searched by the US Coast Guard and the shoreline was checked by California State Park Rangers and Mendocino Sheriff’s Search and Rescue volunteers, which was unsuccessful in locating Silva.
Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies are continuing daily searches with limited in-county resources when they are available.