FORTUNA, Calif. — UPDATE: On Wednesday morning, officials said they searched the area again, but were unable to find Grater. The HCSO said a search team will check the river and shoreline Thursday via boat.
The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office is investigating the disappearance of a man who was reported missing by his brother on Valentine's Day.
On Feb. 14, the HCSO says 33-year-old Ryan Daniel Grater was reported missing. He was reportedly last seen at the Six Rivers Motel in Fortuna. Grater is described as 5'11" about 170 lbs. with short brown hair and hazel eyes. He has tribal tattoos on his left shoulder and right pectoral, according to the HCSO.
On Feb. 12 deputies on patrol near Highway 254 found Grater's silver Oldsmobile Integra unoccupied and unlocked with one door open, the sheriff's office said. Deputies thought it was suspicious that the door was open and the car was unlocked and there were no signs of it being broken into. They searched the surrounding wooded area but couldn't find anyone associated with the car, the HCSO said. At that point, a missing persons report had not been made for Grater yet.
When they received the missing persons report, deputies said they checked, and the car was still in the same spot near the highway. They searched the area again and gathered papers and other belongings from the car. Deputies also searched Grater's hotel room, where they say several belongings were found left behind.
On Tuesday, Feb. 19 deputies conducted a third, more extensive search of the area near the car.