Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
Press Release
(Title of Crime/Incident) Death Investigation
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Death Investigation
800 block of East School Way Redwood Valley, California
When: Date: 03-15-2013 Time: 0940 hours
Victim Info :        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Victim #1: Thomas Bottello Sierra 58 Redwood Valley, Ca
Suspect Info:        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Written by: Captain Greg Van Patten
Synopsis: On 01-29-2013 at approximately 2100 hours the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office received a missing persons report on Thomas Bottello Sierra.

A family member had last seen Sierra after he walked away from the family member's home located on Pinecrest Drive on 01-27-2013.

Investigations were conducted by Sheriff's Deputies and Sheriff's Detectives who learned Sierra had been seen in front of the Redwood Valley Market possibly sometime after leaving the Pinecrest Drive home.

Investigators recently contacted the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office Search & Rescue team (SAR) and requested assistance in the search for Sierra.

Due to the circumstances of Sierra's disappearance a mutual aid request was made to the California Emergency Management Agency, which resulted in the activation of 3 teams from the California Rescue Dog Association (CARDA).

On 03-15-2013 at approximately 0900 hours Sheriff's Office SAR members in addition to the 3 CARDA teams and a Sheriff's Detective deployed to the area of Pinecrest Drive in Redwood Valley.

While searchers were searching a brushy area to the east of Pinecrest Drive, in the 800 block of East School Way, they were contacted by an 8-year-old child.

The child reported he had found a deceased body a short time before the searcher's arrival while walking in the area with his dog. The child escorted the searchers to the body and Sheriff's Detectives were summoned to the location to further investigate.

At this time Sheriff's Detectives have identified the body as being that of Thomas Sierra based upon the presence of specific tattoos.

A forensic autopsy has been scheduled for 03-18-2013 to help determine a cause and manner of death.
Approved By: Captain Greg Van Patten