Missing Woman Thought to Be in Humboldt

Andrew Goff / Friday, Sept. 12 @ 10:45 a.m. / Missing

UPDATE: Holly Dickens was located on 09-13-2014 at 1:07 PM in Shelter Cove.  She reported her cell phone had died and she was not able to contact family members to report that she was okay. 


Original Post below:

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release:

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance with any information about a missing adult reported to this Office.  

On September 11, 2014 at 7:12 PM, a Deputy received information about a missing person that was believed to be traveling through Humboldt County and possibly in the Shelter Cover area.  Holly Ann Dickens (attached picture) left the Washington State area and was going to travel to the San Diego area of California, to stay with her sister. Dickens last called her sister on Monday and reported that she was going to be camping in the Shelter Cove area for the next couple of days.  That was the last telephone communications from Dickens, which is out of character.

  • Dickens is traveling in a black 1992 [Edit: LoCO agrees, that is not a vehicle from 1992 in the picture] Toyota 4-Runner with Washington license plate AEU3042 (attached photo is not the vehicle, but similar to).  
  • Dickens is described as a white female, 20 years old, 5-06, 120, strawberry blond hair and blue eyes.  

If anyone has information about Dickens, please call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251.


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(UPDATED) Let’s All Speculate on UFO Sightings Reported From Humboldt to the Bay Area and Beyond!

Andrew Goff / Friday, Sept. 12 @ 10:23 a.m. / Two Makes it True

OK, sure. We’ll bite.

LoCO and our affiliated radio stations have received several emails and calls from people reporting a light in the sky this morning around 6 a.m. Here was how one emailer described it.

Anyone else catch the apparent and very visible missile launch around 6 a.m. this morning? I’ll make a guess that it was a Vandenburg launch. Very bright burn in front of a large exhaust/”smoke” cloud. Appeared headed in our direction but probably not. Dashed outside for better view but it must have done a stage separation and a much less visible object headed “west.”

A KWPT The Point caller from Orleans said she thought she’d seen a “comet” in the southwest sky around the same time this morning.

Comet? Missile? puff n tuff returning to the home planet? Feel free to speculate in the comments below. But before you jump on the “just Humboldt folk wakin’ and bakin’” wavelength, you should probably know that multiple news outlets in the Bay Area are also being deluged with UFO reports. Here’s a post from KTVU 2 News out of San Francisco (2 makes it true?) complete with photos from viewers showing an airborne object sporting a slightly curved tail. KTVU went so far as to contact Vandenberg Air Force base and the FAA who both shrugged at the phenomena.

One other possibly related tidbit floating around: KRCR in Redding notes that thousands of people in Glenn County lost power this morning when a semi-truck took out a power pole at pretty much the same time people across northern California were seeing lights in the sky. Were his eyes cast skyward? Did he cause an intergalactic explosion? Is it the weekend yet?

The truth is out there.

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UPDATE, 4:08 p.m.: LoCO superfriend and webcam savant Hans Koster sends in the following images. The first comes from the Kneeland airport:

And then a shot from the same cam a minute later:

A less obvious image from the Garberville Airport:

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San Francisco News Interviews Locals About “Murder Mountain”

Kym Kemp / Friday, Sept. 12 @ 7:52 a.m. / Humboldt


Humboldt County’s Murder Mountain was examined on CBS KPIX’s special news segment last night.

The Alderpoint Eight as well as the disappearance and homicide of Garrett Rodriguez have been followed closely on the Lost Coast Outpost and in Rodriquez’s hometown. Last night, San Francisco news also took a video look at the situation.  The piece reviewed the “highlights” of the Rancho Sequoia recent deaths. The story focused mainly on the Rodriguez’s homicide but also looked at the involvement of the Alderpoint Eight vigilante group in bringing to light where Rodriguez’s body had been buried. The piece also notes that at least one of the two men killed this July was a member of the vigilante group. Several locals speak on camera about the situation.

Here is a short excerpt from the accompanying written piece.

It’s just like what it was back in the prohibition days. Many of these communities will try and solve their problems on their own. And by the time that happens unfortunately the problem has magnified,” said Lt. Knight.

In fact, this summer two more people were gunned down on [Murder Mountain.] A family member tells us at least one of the men was a member of the Alderpoint 8. 

To read the piece, go here.

Google map showing the approximate location of Rancho Sequoia which has been nicknamed Murder Mountain.

PREVIOUS stories on the death of Garret Rodriguez on LoCO:

PREVIOUS stories on the deaths of Neil Decker and Scott Johnson:



Eureka (Misleadingly) Named Second Most Dangerous City in California

Ryan Burns / Thursday, Sept. 11 @ 4:51 p.m. / Crime

Terrifying, isn’t it?

So the website for Home Security Shield, a company that sells security systems, alarms and cameras, today published a list called “20 MOST DANGEROUS CITIES IN CALIFORNIA.” Oakland tops the list, surprising no one. But take a look at second. It’s our very own county seat, Eureka

“Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Eureka?” the site rhetorically asks. “One in 13.”

To quote our good pal Shaggy:

Maybe we should all invest in the Premium Protection Plus plan, a steal at just $53.99 per month.

But hold on a second, Scoob. Let’s look a bit closer. The stats used to compile this list come from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s most recent “Uniform Crime Reports,” which show the most recent available data (from 2012). Fine. But Home Security Shield’s list is still extremely misleading.

Here’s why: The ranking system treats all crimes as equal: First-degree murder is the same as petty theft, danger-wise. Forcible rape is equivalent to getting graffiti on your fence. Nonsense, right?

That said, there is a reason why Eureka wound up No. 2. Namely, among cities with a population of at least 20,000, Eureka has the highest property crime rate in the state. We’re No. 1. (Sad face.)

Eureka’s total crime rate for 2012 came in at 77 per 1,000 residents. Of those 77 crimes, 71.2 were nonviolent property crimes. Only 5.8 were violent crimes. Oakland, by contrast, had nearly 20 violent crimes per 1,000 residents, fully earning its “Most Dangerous” title.

Stockton had nearly triple Eureka’s violent crime rate and yet it ranks below Eureka on the dubious danger list. In fact, literally dozens of cities have higher violent crime rates than Eureka’s — Alturas, Clearlake, Compton, Merced, Richmond, San Bernardino and San Pablo are a few of the highest ranked.

But Eureka zoomed up the security system company’s rankings on the strength of its property crime rate. So you could maybe say that Eureka is THE MOST DANGEROUS CITY IN CALIFORNIA — for your stuff. You personally, on the other hand, are relatively safe.

The FBI itself warns against such ranked lists, noting that “they provide no insight into the many variables that mold the crime in a particular town” and “lead to simplistic and/or incomplete analyses that often create misleading perceptions … .”

But I bet they sell plenty of security systems.

Be On the Lookout:Kids’ Bikes Taken, Video and Stills of Suspect

Kym Kemp / Thursday, Sept. 11 @ 4:28 p.m. / Crime

Here’s the latest post in LoCO‘s “Be On the Lookout” series, where we highlight stolen items and ask you to help by reporting any sighting to the appropriate law enforcement agency.

On August 26th, multiple items were taken from a driveway and porch in Eureka. Included among the odd assortment of stolen articles were a girl’s BMC bike (see photo 1 and 2 below,) a toddler Strider bike (see photo 3 below,), a Yamaha black and blue snow sled (see photo 4 below,) a tub of women’s sneakers/casual heels around size 6 and infant to toddler shoes.  

Photos are not necessarily the actual item but photos of items like those taken.




Anyone with any information please contact the Eureka Police Department at (707) 441-4060.

Video of suspect:

Stills from the video to help with the facial details:

Previous BOLO:


Be On the Lookout: Woman’s Son’s Ashes Stolen From House on West End Road

Andrew Goff / Thursday, Sept. 11 @ 4:21 p.m. / LoCO BOLo

Here’s the latest post in LoCO‘s “Be On the Lookout” series, where we highlight stolen items and ask you to help by reporting any sighting to the appropriate law enforcement agency.

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The Lost Coast Outpost was contacted by a woman who reported having her home on West End Road broken into sometime after she left for work Monday morning. When she returned home in the early afternoon, she found her dog running loose in the yard and, upon entering her house, discovered that items had been stolen from her bedroom, among them the ashes of her son who passed away in 2008.

Her son’s remains had been kept inside a purplish velvet drawstring bag which was stored inside a wooden box.  

After contacting law enforcement, the woman walked the road near her house. Off the roadway, near a culvert, she found a few of the stolen items ditched amongst some soda bottles (see image below). The aforementioned wooden box was there. The bag containing the ashes was not.

It goes without saying that the woman would like her son returned. If anyone has any information, please contact the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at 445-7251.