Missing man found safe on Chezem Road
HUMBOLDT COUNTY, Calif. - A man who was reported missing Wednesday was found safe Thursday morning, according to his family.
"He was found," Lynn Eggink, Robert Eggink's sister-in-law, said. "Dehydrated but alive."
According to his family, Eggink is a hardworking father of three and was experiencing a mental health crisis at the time of his disappearance.
The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) sent out an alert asking for the public's help in finding 39-year-old Eggink, who had not been seen by his friends or family since Dec. 5.
According to the HCSO, at around 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 7, someone familiar with Eggink's missing status spotted him and called authorities. Deputies requested the help of a California Highway Patrol helicopter, and a search ensued.
By 11 a.m., deputies said they found Eggink on the 1200 block of Chezem Road: the same place he had last been seen.
"He said this was his last day," Lynn Eggink said, "He was running back up the mountain getting ready to jump."
Robert Eggink's mother, Robin Hoffman, released the following statement Thursday:"We want to Thank everyone that helped in the search and rescue of Robert Eggink, our son and brother. With special thanks to Humboldt County Sheriffs Department, the California highway patrol and the CHP helicopter crew and the community of Chezem. We pray that he gets the help that he needs through Humboldt County mental health and Sempervirens. We hope that they do not discharge him at the 72 hr time. He is a hardworking father of 3, who has experienced a mental crisis."