UPDATE: Missing Yreka boys, 5 & 3, located, reuinited with grateful mother

UPDATED: Tuesday, Sept. 28, 1:56 p.m., With update regarding children being located.

See Original Story below.

YREKA, Calif. — The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office has announced that two missing boys, ages 5 and 3, have been located and reunited with their mother.

About the boys’ disappearance, their mother, Tisha Hockaday, has said her 5-year-old – who suffers from ADD and Autism – is known for defeating the home’s door locks and that she has spent “hundreds of dollars” on child-proof door locks and other child-safety precautions.

“When I tell him he can’t go outside he will find every way possible to get out,” Tisha explained in one of several frantic social media posts pleading for her neighbors to be on the lookout for the wandering boys.

“I turned my back for one second to go to the bathroom … that’s literally how long it took 2 minutes!!!!”, she continued; adding, “I love my children very much they have a beautiful home they are always fed and very much loved.”

Yreka PD’s investigation into how the boys managed to walk away from their property is continuing and no further information was immediately available.


Original Story: Search continuing for missing Yreka boys, 5 & 3

UPDATED: Tuesday, Sept. 28, 1:42 p.m., With photos of missing boys. (See Below)

Originally Published: Tuesday, Sept. 28, 1:24 p.m.

YREKA, Calif., — The Yreka Police Department has confirmed that they are searching for two missing boys, ages 5 and 3. Although officials have said the boys were last seen in the area of the family’s home in the 1700 block of Apsuun Road, they did not specify exactly when the children were last seen. The rural area the boys are missing from is located in a wooded area east of downtown Yreka and south of E. Oberlin Road.

The 5-year-old suffers from ADD and autism, adding to the search’s urgency, according to the young boys’ mother, who has made several social media posts pleading for help in the ongoing search.

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Although very few details have yet to be released, the 5-year-old was last seen wearing a black shirt and red shorts, while the 3-year-old was last seen wearing a white and blue shirt with “4th of July” shorts with stars on them, Siskiyou County Sheriff’s officials said in a 12:36 p.m. social media post.

The post had already been shared more than 200 times within the first thirty minutes, helping word to get out regarding the ongoing search.

Contacted for more information, a Yreka PD representative told SCNS that the boys had not been located as of 1:15 p.m., and the search, which is continuing to grow in scope and size, was active and ongoing; with the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office now assisting.

The children’s mother has since posted photos of the boys in one of several frantic social media pleas for help finding them.

As word of the search continues to spread, area residents have said they have already checked or would be checking their home surveillance cameras for any sign of the boys; however, as of this update no new information about the children’s whereabouts had surfaced.

Citing the early and ongoing nature of the investigation and search, the YPD representative said no further information was available and that more details would be released as soon as possible.

Anyone who may have seen the boys or knows their current whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Yreka Police Department at (530) 841 2300.

This is a developing story that will be updated as new information becomes available.



Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

Trevor Montgomery, 50, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.

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