From the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office needs the community’s help to locate a missing man last seen in the Elk River area.
On July 25, 2018, at about 10:30 a.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the area of Elk River Road and Berta Road to conduct a welfare check on a possibly disoriented male walking on Elk River Road. Through prior contacts with the man, the reporting party was able to identify the subject as 62-year-old Ronald Swinnock of Eureka. Despite a thorough check of the area, deputies were unable to locate the subject.
On July 26, 2018, at about 7:45 a.m., a logging driver in the area of Elk River Ridge Road contacted the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Communications Center to report a seemingly disoriented man last seen walking up the logging road. The description provided of the man matched the description Swinnock.
Sheriff’s deputies and officers with the Bureau of Land Management are currently conducting a search and rescue operation in the Elk River and Headwaters area in an attempt to locate Swinnock. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Posse is being deployed to assist in this search.
Swinnock is described as a white male adult, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall with a thin build. Swinnock has grey hair and is described as slightly balding on top, with a grey beard. He was last seen wearing wire rim glasses, blue jeans and a black, blue and white-colored jacket.
Elk River residents are asked to report any sightings of Swinnock to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251.