OB Man – Missing for 1 Year – May Have Been Murdered in Humboldt County

by on December 12, 2013 · 15 comments

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Garrett Rodriquez

UPDATE from Dec 17: The Humboldt County Coroner has identified the human remains located in a gravesite off of Jewitt Ranch Road, Harris area of Humboldt County as that of missing person Garret Rodriguez, 29 years old from San Diego, California.

Editor: Last July we published an article about an Ocean Beach man – Garrett Rodriquez – and that he had been missing for 6 months.  Now it’s been a year – and the following article from the Lost Coast Outpost in Humboldt County sheds some light on a probably tragic ending to his life.

By Kym Kemp / Lost Coast Outpost

Revelations in the case of missing person Garret Rodriguez and the recently discovered body in Southern Humboldt continue to emerge. More information was revealed today by Chris Cook, of Cook & Associates Private Investigations.

Cook sent a statement yesterday to the Lost Coast Outpost. In it she stated that as early as 2 A.M. on the day after Thanksgiving private investigators with her office received calls from anonymous sources telling her that an individual had confessed to the murder of Garret Rodriguez and led a group to the grave site.

Below is Cook’s written statement to the Lost Coast Outpost:

 On 11/29/2013 beginning at approximately 2AM, Investigators at Cook & Associates Private Investigations began receiving calls from sources who wish to remain anonymous. The sources informed us that a person of interest in the Garret Rodriguez case had confessed to the murder of Garret, and led a group of people to the location of Garret’s body. The person of interest was known by Cook & Associates to own property in the Rancho Sequoia area. The sources advised Cook & Associates that many of the residents of Alderpoint felt they knew that the person of interest had killed Rodriguez, and did not want the man living in their area because of it. Sources said they wanted the Rodriguez family to know what had happened to Garret.

 The sources also advised that the body was discovered in the same location the person of interest indicated the body would be, off of Jewitt Ranch Road. This general location had been reported to Cook & Associates by other confidential sources as early as June 2013. This information was then forwarded to the sheriff’s office. It was not until 11/30/2013 that the sheriff’s office received a more specific location to search that the body was discovered. The physical size of the property in question made it difficult to search the area without specific directions from someone who knew the spot.

 Cook & Associates contacted the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office on 11/29/2013 to relay the information in regard to the location of the body. The body was located by the sheriff’s department off of Jewitt Ranch Road on 12/1/2013.

 At this time, Cook & Associates can neither confirm nor deny whether the body recovered is Garret Rodriguez, pending further investigation and autopsy. The autopsy is scheduled for this weekend.

 Cook & Associates had been retained by the family of Garret Rodriguez since May of 2013. Our goal from the beginning has been to provide answers to the family as to the events surrounding Garret’s disappearance.

 Anyone with information relating to these events can contact Chris Cook at Cook & Associates Private Investigations at (707) 839-7422, or by e-mail at pichriscook@msn.com.

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Lindsay Wagnerpetinkskyvitch December 12, 2013 at 6:54 pm

For trivial sakes the road spelling is “Jewett Road, Humboldt County, California 95511”


guest December 28, 2013 at 4:28 am

Its Jewett Rd.,Garberville,Humboldt County,california 95542


Dan Shay December 13, 2013 at 1:28 pm

looks like it has been edited now….. (s)he was talking about aliens and Bigfoot.


Jon December 13, 2013 at 1:41 pm

That rambling Bigfoot comment looked like spam.
I never knew garret personally, but I recognize him from around town, and I have friends who knew him. I’m terribly heartbroken for his family and friends if what this story is alluding to is correct. He was a young guy full of life with a family who loved him. Shame…

Also, reading the comments on that lost coast blog make me:
A: never want to go anywhere near that area of nor cal; and
B: actually appreciate the union tribune comments for their reason and level-headedness. Lol


Debra December 14, 2013 at 10:27 am

I never knew him either, but immediately recognized him from the picture. So horribly sad and senseless. I normally don’t approve of violence, but in this case, it appears as though that’s the ONLY way to get someone’s point across. Thank you “AP 8,” (I would’ve shot him in both knees).


Dan Shay December 13, 2013 at 2:38 pm

check out the comments and other related articles on the lost coast outpost site. one of the rumors is that the information that lead to the body was acquired by a vigilante posse of 8 men dressed in camo that shot and kidnapped a guy for the information then dropped him off at a hospital. who knows if that is true, but here’s the link –



Dan Shay December 13, 2013 at 2:41 pm
Seth December 14, 2013 at 4:04 pm

The comments are crazy fascinating. I feel terrible for the family and friends of this guy, especially the mother. Wonder how much impact that had in helping to mobilize this alleged posse? A neighboring property up there was also apparently owned by a dude from OB. I’d guess they were setting up some sort of delivery system for the dispensaries and related businesses that popped up in OB a few years back. Total speculation on my part, but still interesting. I was on the OBPB at the time when we were asked to vote on recommendations for the medicinal marijuana dispensaries, and while a proponent of pot for medical purposes, I was never that comfortable with inviting the crime that is associated with this whole industry into OB in such a prominent way. Obviously plenty of pot here already, but it’s a different thing when you have storefronts on Newport getting jacked by gunman for their money and supply.


Debra December 16, 2013 at 12:15 pm

In my humble opinion, the crime associated with this PLANT is just another argument in favor of legalizing it completely. It’s a 14 BILLION DOLLAR “illegal,” untaxed, industry in our state. People are getting murdered and ripped-off, our waterways in Northern CA are being polluted, land illegally and immorally stripped of precious flora and fauna, (the feds are scared sh!tless of the cartels, to even do anything about it-FACT). WHY? Because some people might want to smoke something to feel better emotionally and physically, which grew naturally out of the ground, that wasn’t distilled, fermented, created in a lab…? I just don’t get it.


Dan Shay December 13, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Celebrating Garret Rodriquez w/ Slightly Stoopid’s Kyle McDonald – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7M8GM0fW50


Frank Gormlie December 14, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Okay, okay, editordude was a little slow on the uptake … sorry lads and lasses.


Wendy December 17, 2013 at 11:09 am

I’m hoping to do a story on this today and would love to speak with anyone who knows Garret. Anybody know where I could go to find some folks who may have known him?
Thank you!


Dan Shay December 17, 2013 at 1:17 pm

His FB memorial page has updates and 204 members – https://www.facebook.com/groups/223566294434875/


jim grant December 17, 2013 at 12:32 pm

positive ID on him.


Dan Shay December 17, 2013 at 1:41 pm

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