Now missing four days, search for Lassen County man continuing

LASSEN COUNTY, Calif., — Authorities today are asking for the public’s help with information in the continuing to search for a Doyle man who was last seen near his Lassen County residence Wednesday morning, Jan. 26.

The missing man, 55-year-old Paul Bringman, was last seen leaving his home on an ATV and has not been seen or heard from since, according to officials, who on Friday said the lack of any information or direction as to where Bringman might have gone after leaving his property has been hampering search efforts.


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Lassen County Sheriff’s Office was alerted to Bringman’s disappearance shortly before 10 a.m. Thursday morning, after concerned family members had spent much of the prior evening searching for their missing loved one, Lassen County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Dave Woginrich has since said of the ongoing search and investigation.

Officials are asking for the public’s help with information related to the whereabouts of 55-year-old, Paul Bringman, of Doyle, who was last seen leaving his residence on an ATV last Wednesday morning. Lassen County Sheriff’s Office photo

Family members who filed a missing person report told deputies that Bringman had left his residence on an ATV between 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. They also told deputies that Bringman does not usually ride his ATV for extended periods of time and that he had not taken his cell phone, wallet, or helmet with him when he left his home.

“Paul stated he was going for a ride and would be back in a little while,” Woginrich explained. “After Paul had not returned home after dark, family members began searching for him until around midnight.”

Although a citizen later reported seeing Bringman on his ATV in the area of Doyle Loop and Hackstaff Road in Doyle around 11:30 a.m., a coordinated ground and air search of the Doyle, Herlong, and nearby off-highway vehicle areas yielded no clues as to what may have happened to him.

Bringman has been described as a white male, 55 years of age, 6’1” tall, 145 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He also has a large gray/brown beard. He was last seen wearing black coveralls, a green/tan jacket with an orange collar, a black beanie cap, and black boots. He was carrying a blue and orange backpack when he left his home on his ATV, described as a gray and white 2011 Yamaha 660 Raptor.

“We have been searching with aircraft and ground units,” Lassen County Sheriff’s Office said in a social media release two days after Bringman’s disappearance.

“The aircraft did a detailed grid search of the region, and ground units have been searching the area on off-road vehicles, as well as trucks,” the Sheriff’s social media release continued; adding, “It is difficult when we don’t have a specific area to look.”

Anyone with information regarding this investigation or who knows of Bringman’s whereabouts is urged to immediately contact the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office at (530) 257-6121. Callers can remain anonymous.

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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.