UPDATE: Missing elderly Redding man’s body found in A.C.I.D. Canal

UPDATED: Saturday, Oct. 5, 5:30 p.m.

See Original Story below.

REDDING — Officials who had been searching for a missing 87-year-old former elementary school teacher and principal say they found the senior citizen deceased in the A.C.I.D. Canal behind the man’s residence. According to Redding PD, the missing man was found earlier today, Saturday, Oct. 5, with the use of an unmanned aerial vehicle that was used to search the area surrounding his residence.

87-year-old, James Carroll’s body was found in the Anderson-Cottonwood Irrigation District Canal that runs south of Clear Creek and north of the former teacher and principal’s residence on Red Bank Rd. in Redding.

James Carroll was reported missing by concerned family members after he was last seen at his Red Bank Rd. residence just south of Clear Creek and west of S. Market St., in Redding’s Ranchettes Subdivision.

After Carroll’s body was spotted in the Anderson-Cottonwood Irrigation District canal – which runs just north of and behind the victim’s home – Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team responded and assisted in the recovery of the missing man’s body, according to Redding Police Cpl. Rob Peterson. Shasta County Sheriff’s Coroner’s Office officials responded to assist in the investigation.

After today’s tragic discovery, Redding PD thanked Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, CHP Air Operations and the citizens of Redding for their assistance in their investigation.

Original Story: Search ongoing for missing Redding man, last seen five days ago

REDDING — Officials searching for a missing elderly Redding man have issued a Silver Alert for the senior citizen they believe may have walked away from his home, just south of Clear Creek and west of S. Market St., in Redding’s Ranchettes Subdivision, five days ago, Tuesday Oct. 1.

According to concerned friends and family members the missing man, 87-year-old, James Carroll, was a teacher and principal at Verde Vale and Anderson Elementary Schools.


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Redding police officers began searching for Carroll after he was reported missing by his family, Redding Police Corporal Jeff Schmidt reported yesterday, Friday, Oct. 4.

“He was last known to be at his house on Red Bank Rd. in South Redding on October 1st,” Schmidt explained.

Officials are searching for a missing Redding man, 87-year-old, James Carroll, after they say he may have walked away from his South Redding residence. RPD photo

The missing senior citizen has been described as standing 5-foot-10, with a thin build and a hunched back. He has gray hair, brown eyes, wears glasses, and needs the assistance of a cane to walk, according to Schmidt.

During their initial investigation, officers located Carroll’s vehicle parked at his residence and family members believe he may have left the location on foot.

No clothing description for Carroll was immediately known or provided by officials.

Anyone with information about this investigation or who knows Carroll’s whereabouts is encouraged to immediately contact Redding Police Department at (530) 225-4200. Callers can refer to incident file number 19R065287 and can remain anonymous.

This is a developing story that will be updated as new information becomes available.

Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

Trevor Montgomery, 48, moved last year to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; 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 29 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 15 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.


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