UPDATE: Redding woman who disappeared after Trinity County argument found safe

UPDATED: Friday, Feb. 11, 10:43 a.m.

Originally Published: Tuesday, Feb. 8, 4:10 p.m.

See Original Story below.

TRINITY COUNTY, Calif., — Authorities have announced that a Redding woman who went missing after an argument with those she was staying with at a Trinity County home earlier this week.

Although officials did not specify where the woman was located or where she had been over the last several days, they reported she was found safe and uninjured.

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Early on in their search, officials worked to confirm numerous potential sightings of the missing woman, 30-year-old Leah Hoffman, with extensive searches in the Lewiston, Weaverville, and Redding areas; however, their efforts had proven fruitless until she was located last night.

As their search continued prior to Hoffman being located, officials searched from both ground and air, with multiple area law enforcement agencies including CHP’s Northern Division Air Operations, assisting in the search.

During the search efforts, Search and Rescue members located potential shoe prints which could have been Hoffman’s and were determined to be “specific to the type of Ugg boot that Leah was reportedly wearing,” officials said in a Feb. 10th update.

That updated release was followed just hours later with the announcement that Hoffman had been found.

Original Story: Officials seek help locating Redding woman after Trinity County disappearance

TRINITY COUNTY, Calif., — Authorities have asked for the public’s help locating a Redding woman who went missing from a Trinity County home where she had been staying after an argument with the home’s residents yesterday morning, Monday. Feb 7.

Although several sightings of the missing woman were reported early in the missing person investigation, she has not yet been located, leading to sheriff’s officials to ask for the public’s help in locating her.


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Trinity County sheriff’s deputies began looking into the disappearance of 30-year-old Leah Hoffman around 8:30 p.m. last night after she was reported missing from the Rush Creek Estates area, according to a Trinity County Sheriff’s Office social media release.

Officials have asked for the public’s help locating Leah Hoffman, 30, of Redding, after she went missing following an argument in the Rush Creek Estates area. Trinity County Sheriff’s Office photo

Asked to locate Hoffman and conduct a welfare check on her behalf, responding deputies searched the area but were not able to locate her.

During the course of the investigation, deputies determined that Hoffman had been involved in an argument with individuals she had been staying with when she walked away from the home earlier in the morning.

Various reported possible sightings the afternoon she went missing placed Hoffman near State Route 299 and the Lewiston turn off – believed to be Trinity Dam Boulevard. She was also possibly seen walking on State Route 3 near Slate Creek, according to officials.


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Hoffman has been described as standing about five-foot-seven and weighing around 140 pounds. She is also described as having long blonde hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a black sweatshirt, shorts and black Ugg boots. 

Anyone with information regarding this investigation or who knows Hoffman’s whereabouts is urged to contact the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office at (530) 623-2611. Callers can refer to incident file number 202200122 and 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.