On 12-06-2013 at about 4:00 p.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) asking for help identifying an adult male they had detained in the Redwood Valley area of Mendocino County. The male had been reported as a suspicious person outside a church. When MCSO Deputies arrived on scene the male subject appeared disorientated, but otherwise unharmed and could not answer questions. MCSO could not positively identify him but noted he was wearing a sweatshirt with “Humboldt” printed on the chest. The sweatshirt prompted investigators to contact Humboldt County for help identifying the male. MCSO sent the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office a photograph of the subject.
The male in the photograph was positively identified, by Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies, as Kenneth Ray Richards (30 years old) of Loleta. Kenneth was reported missing by his mother on this date at about 7:30 a.m.
Kenneth’s mother was notified that he was located.
On 12-06-2013, at approximately 7:30 a.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a missing person. The mother of Kenneth Ray Richards reported that her son had been taking care of her residence, located in the 3100 block of Table Bluff Road, Loleta while she was out of town for the last week. On 11-29-2013, she spoke with Kenneth on the telephone and everything was fine. When she arrived home on 12-4-2013, he was gone. She checked with neighbors and they had not seen him. A deputy located a witness who saw Kenneth near the intersection of Quinn Road and Table Bluff Road on 12-4-2013 during the day, and the witness told the deputy Kenneth seemed disoriented.
The mother told the investigating deputies that Kenneth has been known to take walks to Table Bluff or down to the South Jetty. He does not have a car. The mother told investigating deputies this is very unusual for Kenneth.