Missing Roseville elder found safe in Red Bluff – Receives Taser training and becomes honorary officer

RED BLUFF, Calif., — An elderly man who went missing from the Roseville area on Wednesday, Oct. 13 was found – lost and confused, but safe – in Red Bluff yesterday afternoon, officials were excited to announce after the victim was reunited with his grateful family.

The man, listed only as James, had somehow managed to travel some 150 miles north of his Roseville residence before he was found wandering around in a Red Bluff parking lot by a local sergeant who was flagged down by a concerned citizen who reported seeing an elderly man who appeared to need help.


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“James was reported as a missing person from Roseville on Oct. 13, 2021,” RBPD said in a social media release after the victim’s discovery. “His whereabouts were unknown and his family was very concerned for his safety.”

Yesterday, an RBPD sergeant was visiting a local Starbucks when he was notified that there was an older gentleman in the business’s parking lot “who seemed lost and confused”, they explained.

Missing from Roseville, James (Center, Plaid Shirt), is seen with his honorary Taser certification and was all smiles after being found safe in Red Bluff and being reunited with his thankful family. RBPD photo

While speaking with the man, the sergeant realized he was the Roseville resident who had gone missing the previous day.

“James’ family was contacted and were relieved James was found safe in Red Bluff,” RBPD continued.

While waiting for his family to drive from Roseville to pick him up, James was brought to the Red Bluff PD Station, where he was welcomed by the other officers.

Over the next several hours, James sat with the sergeant and other officers who were engaged in Taser training.

“James happily attended training with department personnel,” RBPD described; adding that at the end of the training, James received a training certificate, signed and certified by RBPD Chief Kyle Sanders, as an honorary Taser Operator.

James was later reunited with his family “who were pleased to find him safe and well trained!”, said RBPD; adding, “Great work James and we are happy you made it home safe!!”

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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.