Search continuing for missing Pit River Tribal member

BURNEY — Authorities are asking for the public’s assistance locating a missing Pit River Tribal member who was last officially seen Saturday, Jan 4. Although the missing man was possibly spotted in Burney Thursday, Jan. 9, concerned family and friends say they have had no contact with him since the 4th, which they say is not normal behavior for the victim.

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Deputies assigned to the Burney Station began investigating the disappearance of 26-year-old, Nicholas Patterson on Thursday, after his family reported him as missing, Shasta County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit Sgt. Jesse Gunsauls reported yesterday.

Patterson’s family reported him as missing five days after their last contact with him, telling deputies “this was not normal for him to not communicate on a regular basis, explained Gunsauls, who said their missing loved one is known to frequent Lookout in Lassen County and the Hat Creek area.

Patterson has been described as 5’10”, approximately 230 lbs., with black shaved hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a maroon t-shirt, black Carhartt jacket, grey Carhartt beanie, and blue jeans.

Patterson also has tattoos of three salmon and the words “Pit River” on his left shoulder and arm, according to a flier created by his concerned family, who are now offering a $6,000 reward for information about the missing man.

At this time there is no reason to suspect foul play, according to Gunsauls, who said anyone with information regarding Patterson’s disappearance or who knows his current whereabouts is encouraged to immediately contact Shasta County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit at (530) 245-6135 or by email at mcu@co.shasta.ca.us. Callers can refer to incident file number 20S001018 and can remain anonymous.

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


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Trevor Montgomery, 48, moved in 2017 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 16 grandchildren.

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