Discussion in 'Humboldt County' started by Lilibet, Jul 6, 2014.
Facebook Page set up by family.
Flier from FB Page:
The route he would have taken from Redding to Arcata is Highway 299, mostly two lane and following the Trinity River. The trip is 180 miles and would take about 3.5 hours. There are some treacherous parts, so it would be wise to drive the route looking for skid marks or other disturbances along the shoulder. A car isn't always visible from the road if there has been an accident.
More photos from FB. https://www.facebook.com/jeffjosephmissing
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Jeff's personal FB page. https://www.facebook.com/cre8tivity
There are no entries on his timeline since January, although the Jeff Joseph Missing FB page has been liked. Based on his eclectic likes, he's a libertarian and in favor of legalizing marijuana. He has worked for a hemp fabric company and, according to his photos, was involved in a marijuana growing collective in LA that was raided in 2009 or 2010.
Depending on his involvement in marijuana cultivation and/or selling, and who he was planning to see in Humboldt county, there is a chance that he is at risk. Growers there can be ruthless. People disappear in Humboldt.
Obviously, this is only one possibility, but it can't be overlooked IMO.
ETA: According to a comment from a friend on the Find Jeff page, a mutual friend of theirs went missing and was murdered. I assume it was in Humboldt, because the administrator replied that they are aware of what goes on up there, but are trying to keep the page positive.
The family is asking for volunteers to help find Jeff. They are arriving in the area. Fed up with LE and phone company lack of urgency.
They ask that volunteers message the FB page or contact 504-236-5321 or 805-368-2600
According to the FB page 9 hours ago, they are now on a full search by airplane. 4 cops searching Humboldt county. They are looking hard and they are looking into phone numbers and will update every 20 mins. Another friend who has a rafting company will be looking while out on the river. A good part of that highway is in Trinity county so I hope help is coming from there too.
the 299 is a hard road to drive- many places to go off.
same road jennifer wilmner went missing from in the mid 90's.
DISCLAIMER: Consider this rumor because it comes from comments on the LoCO article in the past hour. Jeff's family is posting and confirming and denying some posts.
Jeff has property in Weitchpec. LE is aware of it and family is working closely with LE. Commenters are concerned because this is a pot-growing area near the Hoopa Indian Reservation. Take it all with a grain of salt, but it doesn't sound good.
Yes, it is a tough road. And if he went to Weitchpec, he would have turned north at Willow Creek where Jennifer Wilmer disappeared, onto 96 along the Trinity River through the Hoopa reservation. Then he would have gotten on 169 along the Klamath River for an unknown distance in the Yurok reservation. These are both narrow, two-lane roads.
Weitchpec is beautiful, but scary, like backwoods scary... IMO. It's Bigfoot country!
I was a Native American Studies major at Humboldt State University, such a beautiful place.
Do you think this will have to do with Russian Cartel and La Cosa Nostra?
Oh good. Someone else who knows how scary Humboldt/Trinity backwoods can be! I haven't lived there in 30 years (it was scary then), so I couldn't begin to speculate. But someone on LoCO threw that idea out there and was shot down by family. It just depends on what, if anything, Jeff was involved in up there. Or if he had the misfortune of encountering someone growing on his property. Or cooking meth. Or just misjudged a turn on the road. I hope his family can find him. It's horrible not to ever know.
The family and LE are searching and the family has hired local PI Cook and Associates. They ask that tips be forwarded to Chris Cook.
As an interesting side story on Cook and Associates, they were also hired by the family of Garrett Rodriguez who disappeared last year when he came from San Diego to Southern Humboldt to work on a medical marijuana grow. Last December a local group of vigilantes, who have become known as the Alderpoint 8, obtained a confession and the location of the Garrett's grave at gunpoint. They notified PI Cook, and his remains were recovered. As far as I know, there has not been an arrest.
I wonder if Garrett was the friend of Jeff's who disappeared and was murdered, according to a comment on the FB page.
The links are in reverse chronological order, with the Cook connection first:
people think it's all peace, pot and microdot in the woods, not so.
i lived less than a mile away from a serial killer while living in arcata- fml
Jeff's phone last pinged in an area near his property on June 21 at 11:20 a.m. from the Bloody Camp cell tower (what an awful name!).
Don't forget the Mexican cartel, which has grow fields all over California, especially in national parks and way up in Northern California. That area has been dangerous for at least 30 years.
You're right. People were getting killed even before we left Humboldt 30 years ago. Back then, it was mostly people growing on their own land. They would get ripped off and sometimes killed by city outlaws. I remember one person who was mistakenly targeted and killed when a group came down the wrong driveway. The woman across the road from us shot and killed someone coming to steal her crop...right before escrow closed on our property. Fortunately, the sale went through anyway. We were really glad to get out of there, but some areas here in southern Oregon are just as bad. Also Mexican cartel.
If his first call of June 21 was at 7:30 a.m. near Williams and his last ping was about 20 miles from his destination near Weitchpec at 11:20 a.m., the shortest route would have been over 299, about 4 hours, which works out perfectly. Of course, we don't know how big an area the cell tower covers.
He told his friend on the east coast at 7:30 that he was "killing time" waiting to meet someone. Was he meeting someone in Williams, en route or in Weitchpec or Eureka? Who was he meeting?
Driving on the other two highways would have taken much longer and his phone wouldn't have pinged at 11:20 near Weitchpec. If he went Hiway 20 through Clear Lake and up 101 to 299, etc, it would have taken 5.5 hours, and about 5.75 hours if he went highway 36 and up 101, etc.
Another option would be to drive I-5 north to Yreka and take 96 to Weitchpec. That's almost 6 hours.