UPDATE from HCSO, 5:30 p.m.: 

Kari Nelson and her dog have been located alive by a search team. Rescue crews are currently working to extract the two safely. Injuries are unknown. More information will be released tomorrow.



Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

A search and rescue for a missing woman is currently underway in the Honeydew area.


The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is searching for 58-year-old Kari Rene Nelson, who was last seen by a family member at a property on the 47000 block of Mattole Road.

Nelson reportedly went for a walk on the rural property at approximately 1 p.m. on October 24, 2022 and did not return.  

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Special Services deputies, with the assistance of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Posse and the United States Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay are currently searching the area for Nelson. Crews are utilizing K9 teams, ATVs, ground crews and air resources in the search for Nelson. Due to the remoteness of the property, emergency crews may need to access the search area through private properties in the areas of Mattole Road, Heidi Lane and Applewood Road. Residents in this area are encouraged to use caution around emergency traffic and report any sightings of Nelson immediately.

Kari Nelson is described as a white female adult, approximately 5 feet 4 inches tall and 120 lbs. She was last seen wearing a pink beanie cap, a purple pullover sweater and blue jeans. She may also be accompanied by a small dog named Oliver.

Anyone with information regarding Nelson’s whereabouts should contact the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251.

Missing Person Kari Rene Nelson