UPDATE: Multi-agency search for missing, “at-risk” Crescent City man continuing

An extensive, multi-agency search for a missing, “at-risk” Crescent City man is ongoing today, Wednesday, Oct. 3. The victim reportedly disappeared while hunting with a companion in the Beaver Creek area in the vicinity of Klamath River, near SR-96 and US Forest Service Road #47N44, an area about 39 miles northwest of Yreka.

The missing man, identified by officials as 46-year-old, Jason Cantrall, is considered at-risk due to being an insulin-dependent type-1 diabetic. He was last seen Sunday night, Sept. 30, about 7 p.m., and was reported missing Monday afternoon, around 4:45 p.m., by the companion he had been hunting with, according to SCSO officials.

Cantrall was last seen wearing a blue shirt, blue jeans, and black hat. He is a white male adult, standing about 5’ 11” and weighing about 145 pounds. He has red hair and blue eyes.

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Numerous agencies are now involved in the ongoing search, according to Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey; who said today, “We are very grateful for the robust response from our county and many other state and local jurisdiction actively engaged in the search operation.”

SCSO is being assisted by about 30 SAR personnel from Jackson, Josephine, and Klamath Counties in Oregon as part of the California-Oregon Search and Rescue organization, which frequently responds to cross-border search missions in Oregon and California.

In addition to personnel and other resources, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office has provided a fixed-wing aircraft to assist with the search and the California Army National Guard has deployed a helicopter to the area to assist with the ongoing search effort. They are expected to arrive on-scene soon, SCSO officials explained earlier today. CHP had attempted to deploy a Northern Division helicopter early in the search, but H14 was unable to respond due to inclement weather and low cloud cover.

Four canine teams have also been deployed in the search effort and additional support has been received from US Forest Service, in the form of both law enforcement and resource personnel.

Additionally, 15 to 20 family and friends of the missing man have been assisting law enforcement and SAR members by conducting searches in the local area.

Officials were initially searching for Cantrall’s vehicle, a silver Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck, but SAR members located the truck early in their search. According to officials the truck was found with its windows down and the missing man’s possessions inside it. The truck was located along Forest Road 40N44 in the area south of Wards Fork Gap.

As search efforts focused in the area where Cantrall’s truck was found, searchers found a hat believed to have been Cantrall’s not far from where the truck had been located.

“Thus far, no sign of the missing man has been found in the vicinity of the abandoned pick-up,” said SCSO.


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“We are very concerned about Jason’s whereabouts and we are very concerned about his welfare, based on the duration of his absence,” Sheriff Lopey said today while explaining, “Our search and rescue personnel and volunteers and personnel from several jurisdictions are working hard to locate him.”

“The fact he has a medical condition has provided an elevated sense of urgency to all search participants,” said Lopey.

The search is being supervised by SCSO Deputy Mike Burns, the department’s SAR coordinator.

Anyone with information about this search or knows Cantrall’s whereabouts is urged to immediately contact the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.


Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

Trevor Montgomery, 47, recently moved to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, The Valley Chronicle, and Anza Valley Outlook; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 28 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 14 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.

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