Now missing 7 days, search for missing Happy Camp man, 76, continuing

HAPPY CAMP, Calif., — Now missing for seven days, officials say the search for a 76-year-old Happy Camp man is continuing and that the ongoing search efforts now involve multiple area law enforcement and search and rescue agencies, including CHP and National Guard helicopter and air crews, cadaver and search dogs, and many others.

The search, which began in the immediate area of the victim’s China Grade Road residence east of Happy Camp, has now grown to cover a two-mile radius ground search, as well as a ten-mile air search down Klamath River, according to officials; who are continuing to ask for the public’s help in finding the missing man.


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James Eugene Sharpe was last seen when he went walking westbound on China Grade Road, according to an earlier Siskiyou County Sheriff’s social media release. He was possibly walking into town from his China Grade Road residence when he disappeared and has not been seen or heard from since.

He was last seen wearing a gray hat, brown flannel shirt, white T-shirt, and blue jeans and he has gray hair and a beard.

The search for James started in the immediate area of his China Grade residence and expanded throughout the week to encompass just under a two-mile radius ground search and a ten-mile air search down Klamath River. SCSO image

Although an initial release from the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office reported that Sharpe was last seen around 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, a subsequent release and update indicated he was possibly last seen a few hours later the following morning, shortly after midnight.

A concerned friend or family member reported him as missing on Sunday around 4:30 p.m., after he failed to return home.

Although deputies immediately began searching for the missing elder, due to lack of daylight the search had to be temporarily suspended for the night.

The search picked up again in earnest on Oct. 11, when CHP Northern Division Air-ops and Search and Rescue teams joined the Sheriff’s Office in their efforts to locate the missing man.

“Over the next several days, California Rescue Dogs Association, Human Remain Detecting dogs, tracking dogs and handlers along with Jackson and Douglas County SAR/CORSAR members joined the search,” SCSO said in their update last night.

With assistance from above from CHP Air-ops, along with National Guard Blackhawk and C-130 crews, officials continued the air search in the Happy Camp and Klamath River areas; however, the missing man has not yet to be located.

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“We would like to thank all of our volunteer SAR and CORSAR members, CHP Air-ops, National Guard and Happy Camp Community members for their continued effort in searching for James Shape,” said SCSO.

Anyone with information or possible sighting is urged to immediately contact the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office at (530) 842-8300. If you do happen to locate James, please immediately call the 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.

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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.