Happy Camp woman found 'alive and in good health' following search

The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office says Courtney Culver left Happy Camp with a male companion on October 24th.

Posted: Nov 8, 2019 4:54 AM
Updated: Nov 8, 2019 5:25 PM

HAPPY CAMP, Calif. --

UPDATE: Missing Happy Camp woman 24-year-old Courtney Culver has been found safe, the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office has confirmed. When Culver was reported missing on Thursday, investigators had reason to believe that she was in danger.

Detectives heard from police in Santa Rosa, California around 1 p.m. on Friday that Culver had been located "alive and in good health." She was with her former boyfriend, 26-year-old Terrance McCovey. Both were in her vehicle in a hotel parking lot, the Sheriff's Office said.

"The vehicle was observed by an off-duty employee of the Eureka Police Department, who recognized the Ford Escape SUV and license plate number previously disseminated in the form of a law enforcement bulletin," the Sheriff's Office said.

Officers were dispatched to the scene, where they identified Culver and McCovey. According to SCSO, they also verified that Culver was safe and was not being held against her will. While both were released, McCovey was cited for an arrest warrant out of Siskiyou County, the agency said.

"We are very thankful Ms. Culver was found alive and well," said Sheriff Jon Lopey. "SCSO Major Crimes Unit detectives worked with the family during the search for Ms. Culver and Mr. McCovey. Regional bulletins were broadcast to all law enforcement agencies, which helped lead to the discovery of the couple in Santa Rosa."

Lopey said that there were "other aspects" of the case that were still under investigation — including a text message reportedly sent to one or more of Culver's family members demanding a ransom.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the SCSO’s 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.

(Updated 11/8/19 at 5:15 p.m.)


INITIAL REPORT: Search efforts for a missing and possibly endangered Happy Camp woman have failed to find any sign of her, according to the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office. Investigators in Siskiyou and Humboldt counties have been looking for 24-year-old Courtney Irene Culver since Thursday evening.

The Sheriff's Office said Culver left Happy Camp with a "male companion" on October 24th, and was last seen on that day at about 10:00 a.m. at Mechanic's Bank in Happy Camp.

At the time, Culver was believed to be with her former boyfriend, Terrance McCovey.

According to a family member, Culver was traveling to Eureka, California, and was going to return on November 2. Her last text message contact with family members was on November 1.

"SCSO investigators are working with Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and Yreka Police Department partners in a team effort to locate Ms. Culver and/or her companion, Mr. McCovey," Sheriff Jon Lopey said. "SCSO Major Crimes Unit detectives are working with the family as well for additional leads and updates. Regional bulletins have been broadcast to all law enforcement agencies."

Courtney Culver is described as Native American, 5'9" in height with a slender build, weighing about 118 pounds. She has long brown hair and brown eyes.

Authorities believe that Culver and her companion might be driving a black or dark blue 2007 Ford Escape Hybrid SUV with tinted windows. The California license plate number for the vehicle is 8EPA770.

McCovey is described as a 36-year-old Native American, with a slender build. He is 5'6" in height, weighs 125 pounds, and has black, short to medium hair with brown eyes. He reportedly has tattoos on his neck.

"This case is being vigorously investigated but we need help from the public to locate Ms. Culver and Mr. McCovey," Lopey continued. "Anyone with information about Ms. Culver or Mr. McCovey’s whereabouts is urged to contact the SCSO’s 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900. If the vehicle or missing person or her companion are observed dial 9-1-1 for an immediate response by the law enforcement agency of jurisdiction.”

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