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  • Sheriff: Missing baby Ember most likely not alive

    Published On: Jul 06 2015 08:42:17 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 06 2015 09:27:39 PM CDT
    HAPPY VALLEY, Calif. -

    Monday marks the fifth day search and rescue teams from all over California have been searching for missing 6-month-old Ember Sky Graham.

    Ember was reported missing from her crib early Thursday morning by her father, Matthew Graham, who is a person of interest in the disappearance of the baby.

    Almost 80 volunteers from statewide search and rescue teams and 60 family members searched the countryside on Monday for the six-month-old. The search efforts are concentrated in the area of Clear Creek Road in Happy Valley.

    Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said given the time that has passed and the heat over the last five days, they are looking to recover the body of baby Ember to see if there's any "recoverable evidence there."

    "We don't have any viable leads of where to look, so it's a little bit of a needle in a haystack search," Bosenko shared.

    The Sheriff's Office has uncovered surveillance video in the case, but the Sheriff declined to comment on what the video shows or how it has helped their investigation.

    The Sheriff said although Graham has not been charged in connection to the disappearance of Ember, their sites are squarely set on him as a person of interest.

    "Matthew is still considered a person of interest and yes, recovering the body can provide in some cases, a lot of evidence value that would certainly help the case with prosecution. We are looking at a number of other charges that could also be brought against him as well," Bosenko stated in regards to Graham.

    The Graham family said they haven't given up hope that Ember is alive. They are standing behind Matthew Graham as they continue to say there is no way Graham would hurt his daughter.

    The Graham family has connections to the Sheriff's Office, Matthew's mother Sheila is a former deputy, and she too is standing behind her son.

    "I think you you know we have to look in every different avenue, every possibility, whether she's out there and someone has her alive or if she's out there," said Amber Graham, a relative to Ember.

    Members of Nor Cal Alliance for the Missing have also stepped in to help with the search efforts.

    "Through this dark, dark moment, just not knowing where she's at that, the community has come forward, just kind of rekindled the spirit for mankind," said Trudy Nickens, the director and founder of Nor Cal Alliance for the Missing.

    Graham is expected to appear in a Shasta County Courthouse on Tuesday for a probation violation allegation. Graham was put on probation originally for a DUI and forgery conviction, according to the Shasta County Sheriff's Office. 

  • Mother of missing baby standing behind father named person of interest

    Published On: Jul 03 2015 04:56:31 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 03 2015 09:32:30 PM CDT
    Happy Valley, Calif. -

    Matthew Graham has been named a person of interest in the case of his missing 6-month-old daughter, Ember Graham. However, authorities are also saying they have not ruled out that the little girl was abducted. 

    Graham's wife, Jamie Lee Graham, believes there's no way Matthew had anything to do with their daughter's disappearance.

    "He loves her more than he loves me. He loves that little girl more than I've ever seen anybody love somebody," Jamie Lee Graham said. "He is the most dotting dad, he will change as many diapers, he's so patient with her. There's no way he did this. There's no way."

    Jamie believes someone took her daughter. She said her baby girl is at risk, wherever she is, because she has epilepsy.

    "Whoever took her didn't bring her medication. I don't know what's happened to her," Jamie said with tears in her eyes.

    Shasta County Sheriff's Office would not elaborate on how Matthew Graham may have been involved in Ember's disappearance, but they did say the information he provided to them "inconsistent."

    Family members of Matthew Graham said investigators aren't on the right track.

    "I'm frustrated that they are focusing on him. I think that they need to start seeking out, searching outward and stop focusing so much on him, because he didn't do it. There's no way," Jamie Graham shared.

    Investigators said inconsistencies in Graham's stories have led them to move their search from the area around Graham's home on Noosha Lane to the area of Clear Creek Road from Cloverdale east to highway 273. 

    Matthew Graham reported Ember missing around 5:30 a.m. Thursday morning. Graham said he last saw his daughter in her crib around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. 

    Graham is being held in the Shasta County Jail on a probation violation. 

    His father has said he does not believe that his son would have done anything to hurt Ember. 

    Jamie and the Graham family have spent the majority of Friday passing out flyers around the Northstate in hopes of getting the word out about missing 6-month-old Ember.

    "When you go to the grocery store and happen to see a baby, just look over just make sure it's not mine. Just do anything you can to find my baby. All I want is her home. That's it. I don't care who did this. I just want her home," an emotional Jamie Graham explained as she wiped away tears.

    Investigators have shared an image of Graham's truck, and are asking for anyone that saw it in the Clear Creek Road area on Wednesday night and saw the truck to call them at 530-245-6135.

    There's a $10,000 reward for information that leads to Ember's disappearance. You can call the Shasta County Secret Witness at 530-243-2319. There is also a tipline where you can report any anonymous information at 530-229-8209.

  • Cottonwood man killed after being hit by car in Anderson

    Published On: Jul 07 2015 10:34:43 AM CDT   Updated On: Jul 07 2015 04:38:05 PM CDT
    Generic: Car Crash 2
    ANDERSON, Calif. -

    A man was killed after being hit by a car in Anderson early Tuesday morning. It happened just before 4:45 a.m. on Highway 273 at the Anderson Creek Bridge just south of South Street.

    According to a news release from Anderson Police Department, the driver was northbound when the accident happened.

    The driver told police the pedestrian, later identified as Monte Evans, 52, of Cottonwood, was walking in the road, wearing dark clothes, and was not visible in the in the dim lightning. The driver's car struck Evans, who died from his injuries.

    Police said the investigation showed the driver was driving safely.

    According to the Shasta County Sheriff's Office, during the investigation, law enforcement learned that Evans eyesight was limited due to a prior brain surgery and may have been a factor in the collision.

    The Anderson Police Department is investigating the collision and the Sheriff's Office said a post mortem exam will be conducted this week.

  • Body of teenage girl found, sparks homicide investigation

    Published On: Jul 06 2015 02:55:23 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 06 2015 09:16:35 PM CDT
    ORLAND, Calif. -

    The Glenn County Sheriff's Office is investigating what they believe to be a homicide of a 16-year-old girl.

    According to deputies, on July 4 at about 1:14 p.m., they responded to a report of a dead girl found on the 3600 block of County Road D south of Orland. On arrival, deputies found the teenage girl. It appeared she had suffered a gunshot wound to the head.

    Deputies said she was identified as Melissa Esquivel-Flores of Chico. She was last seen by her father at their home in the late evening of July 3.

    The next morning, July 4, the father woke up to find the girl missing. Family began searching for her and it was her father who found her shot dead inside an equipment shop on a property belonging to someone she knew.

    According to law enforcement, she was shot in the head. The Sheriff's Office added an uncle of the girl lives nearby. 

    Deputies said the actual cause of death is pending autopsy, which will be performed later this week, but Sheriff’s detectives said they have ruled out suicide and believe this case to be a homicide.

    Deputies said that Sheriff’s detectives have a person of interest; however, the name is not being released at this time. The investigation is active and appears to be an isolated incident.

    "It's a very isolated incident, we think, at this time," Glenn County Sheriff Richard Warren said. "We do have a person of interest. We know who and where they are, so there really is no threat that we're aware of to the public's safety."

    "We believe we have a good handle on the situation. It's just a matter of the time and necessary steps to try and do the investigation correctly," Warren explained.

  • Police: Man threatened neighbors with kitchen knife

    Published On: Jul 06 2015 09:57:44 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 07 2015 01:25:00 AM CDT
    REDDING, Calif. -

    Redding police arrested Glenn Everett, 35, after they said he threatened his neighbors with a kitchen knife on the 3500 block of Ricardo Avenue.

    The incident came in as a disturbance call around 6:15 p.m. Monday evening.

    Reports from Redding police said Everett approached a neighbor's yard where a birthday party for young children was being held outside. Everett was acting inappropriately toward children and became aggressive towards adults.

    When police arrived on scene, officers said Everett ran inside his home. Officers went in after him, but he quickly came out after he ran into a separate bedroom.

    Everett was taken to the Shasta County Jail. He faces charges for terrorist threats to neighbors, brandishing a knife in a threatening manner, threatening great bodily harm or death to a police officer, assault and battery for the spitting, annoying children, and for resisting and obstructing officers.

  • Fireworks stunt goes tragically wrong

    Published On: Jul 05 2015 08:39:22 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 06 2015 05:00:40 AM CDT

    A 22-year-old Maine man died at a house party after setting off fireworks on top of his head.

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