Missing Since: April 9, 1995 from Neah Bay, Washington
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: July 24, 1988
Age: 6 years old
Height and Weight: 4'0, 60 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Native American female. Sandy brown hair, brown eyes. Herda has a scar on his hairline extending down the right side of his forehead, and a mole or a freckle on his right temple. Herda has a light-colored birthmark on the back of one of his upper thighs. His upper front teeth were large and had a small gap between them at the time of his 1995 disappearance. He is left-handed.
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A white t-shirt, green pants, white socks and white Mighty Morphin Power Rangers shoes with red and white lightning bolts imprinted on them.
Details of Disappearance
Herda was hiking with his family on Shi Shi Beach Trail at the Makah Indian Reservation on April 9, 1995. The reservation is located near Neah Bay on Washington's Olympic Coast. Herda was last seen when his family began walking up a trail to exit the beach. He was unable to follow them up the slope so they agreed to meet him at the beach. He never showed up. He has never been seen again.
Herda's grandfather was chief of police in the area at the time he disappeared. An extensive search by the Coast Guard, divers, and tracker dogs failed to locate Herda. Some footprints were found, but they seemed to go on for awhile, then stop, then start again. No further evidence was ever located. There are several trails to the beach besides the Shi Shi Trail. One, the Ozette Trail, leads to a homeless community.
Herda's parents believe he was abducted, but police think he may have been swept out to sea and drowned. There is no evidence to support these or any other theories. Herda remains missing and his case is unsolved.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Neah Bay Police Department
(also referred to as the Makah Indian Reservation Police Department)
Clallum County Sheriff's Department