Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

Search and rescue teams have located Pamela Van Hoek, deceased, at approximately 1215 hours. SAR personnel utilized a U.A.V. which located Pamela in the Eel River near Dean Creek. The Southern Humboldt Technical Rescue Team was deployed to recover her body. This was a large- scale SAR that involved multiple local agencies and agencies from outside the area.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank all the agencies and jurisdictions involved in locating Pamela Van Hoek.

Agencies involved:

  • Redway Fire
  • Southern Humboldt Technical Rescue
  • Garberville Fire
  • Briceland Fire
  • Humboldt County Sheriff’s SAR
  • The California Rescue Dog Association
  • The California Office of Emergency Service
  • US Coast Guard

The Sheriff’s Office would also like to thank the public for their overwhelming support during this entire effort. We encourage all who would like to get involved in future searches to consider applying for our Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Posse This is a volunteer posse that is deployed to all of our local (and many out of the area) search and rescue operations.