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Sheriff: Missing Dunsmuir Woman Got Lost in the Woods, Sheltered With Family

The disappearance of a California woman was originally believed to be 'suspicious in nature,' according to the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office.

Posted: Jan. 7, 2019 10:26 AM
Updated: Jan. 8, 2019 2:21 PM

WEED, Calif. — 

UPDATE: Once found, Rosemarie McNeal told authorities that she got lost in the woods near Carrick before a local family took her in, according to the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office (SCSO).

Officers from the Weed Police Department found McNeal late Tuesday morning, SCSO said. She was located in the 200-block of Main Street in Weed.

"SCSO Deputies responded to the scene and confirmed the person contacted by WPD was in fact the subject of an extensive search that was initiated by SCSO on January 6, 2019, after she was reported missing by a family member," the agency said in a statement.

McNeal reportedly told investigators that on the night she had gone missing, she got lost in a wooded area before eventually finding shelter with a family in Carrick. She traveled back to Weed after that.

“We are very pleased the search for Ms. McNeal had a happy ending and she was found alive and well," said Sheriff Jon Lopey, thanking the different agencies that helped in the search.

McNeal has since been brought back to the home of a relative in Dunsmuir and is apparently in good health, SCSO said.

(Updated 1/8/19 at 1:10 p.m.)


UPDATE: The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office says that Rosemarie McNeal "has been located and is safe."

They posted on Facebook thanking everyone for their assistance in the search for McNeal.

(Updated 1/8/19 at 6:21 a.m.)


UPDATE: Authorities have just released more details regarding the ongoing search for Rosemarie McNeal — clarifying some details from their initial statement.

According to the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old Rosemarie "Marie" McNeal of Dunsmuir was reported missing by a family member around 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 6. She was last seen on January 4, walking in the Maple Street area of the "Carrick Edition" outside of Weed.

"SCSO patrol deputies, supervisor, and detectives of the Major Crimes Unit have been investigating her disappearance and have reason to believe Ms. McNeal may be endangered," the agency said.

The search is ongoing, with detectives, deputies and Search and Rescue (SAR) personnel looking in the Carrick and Dunsmuir area for any trace of McNeal.

Searchers found a dark blue mini-van with Oregon license plates in Carrick and may be connected to McNeal "or her associates," SCSO said.

"We are very concerned about Marie’s welfare, based on the duration of his absence and the fact there are some suspicious circumstances surrounding her disappearance. Our detectives, deputies, and SAR personnel are working hard to locate her but we need anyone with information about Marie’s whereabouts to contact the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900,” said Sheriff Jon Lopey.

McNeal is described as a white female adult, with long, dark brown hair, and brown eyes. She is 5’5” in height and weighs 120 to 135 pounds. She was last seen wearing a black-colored jacket, blue jeans, and black boots.

(Updated 1/7/19 at 11:50 a.m.)


INITIAL REPORT: The recent disappearance of a Siskiyou County woman is "suspicious in nature, and she may be in endangered" according to the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office (SCSO).

52-year-old RoseMarie McNeal was last seen on January 4 at a house on Maple Street in Carrick near Weed. While SCSO has released very little information on the case as yet, their statement indicates a sense of urgency for finding McNeal soon.

"If you have any information at all about RoseMarie McNeal or her current location, please call the Sheriff's Office," SCSO said. They can be reached at 530-841-2900.

McNeal is described as a white female with brown hair and brown eyes, 5'5" and weighing 140 pounds.

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