Ruth Robin Boettcher, who was reported missing on August 9, 2007, was located this evening just after 10:00 p.m. Boettcher showed up at her sister’s residence in McKinleyville uninjured. Boettcher indicated that close to the time of her disappearance she had met a man and had left the area with him voluntarily. Tonight she returned to McKinleyville with the man, Benjamin Steed Larsen, 32 of Portland Oregon, to collect her belongings. Boettcher’s family called the Sheriff’s Office to make the notification of her return. When deputies made contact with Boettcher and Larsen they discovered Larsen had outstanding warrant for possession of less than one ounce of marijuana. He was arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.
Boettcher had last been seen August 6, 2007 in downtown Arcata. An intensive investigation had been underway since her disappearance.