Search Underway for Missing Senior in Humboldt County

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department has launched an extensive search operation for Pam Van Hoek, an elderly woman who was reported missing yesterday. Ms. Van Hoek, who suffers from both diabetes and dementia, is believed to be wandering on foot in the Redway area without her essential medications.

Authorities were seen on the Briceland Thorn Road, near Whitmore Grove, coordinating the search efforts. The Sheriff’s Department, along with the Coast Guard Helicopter, Redway Fire Department, and Southern Humboldt Technical Rescue, are just some of the teams involved in the search.

Being a cold night with rain showers, there is growing concern about Ms. Van Hoek’s well-being if she was unable to find shelter. Her distinctive raincoat and blue purse with a painted panda design, possibly accompanied by an umbrella, were last seen with her. Given her medical conditions, her safety is of utmost importance.

To aid in the search, search and rescue teams from various parts of the state, along with a Coast Guard helicopter scanning the river, have been deployed. Additionally, an airplane equipped with state-of-the-art infrared technology will assist in the search. The focus areas include Redway Beach, Whitmore Grove, and Ravencliff.

Motorists passing through the area have been requested to exercise caution and reduce speed, as searchers and dogs may be present on the roads, following a scent.

Amidst the search operations, Diana Totten, a well-known participant in previous searches, highlighted the importance of giving the search teams space and safety to carry out their work.

The urgency of finding Ms. Van Hoek is intensified by her immediate need for medication, which she currently does not have access to. Local residents are urged to remain alert and approach Ms. Van Hoek with care and compassion, considering the potential confusion and disorientation caused by her condition.

Anyone with information regarding Pam Van Hoek’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department at (707) 445-7251. The department has released a poster and video to aid in identification, with the last known footage of Ms. Van Hoek captured on Oakridge Drive. The poster is available for download and distribution to assist in the search efforts.

FAQ Section

1. Who is Pam Van Hoek?
Pam Van Hoek is an elderly woman who was reported missing in Humboldt County. She suffers from diabetes and dementia.

2. What is the current search operation for Pam Van Hoek?
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department has launched an extensive search operation to locate Pam Van Hoek.

3. Where is Pam Van Hoek believed to be wandering?
Pam Van Hoek is believed to be wandering on foot in the Redway area.

4. What are the key concerns about Pam Van Hoek’s well-being?
There is growing concern about Pam Van Hoek’s well-being due to the cold night and rain showers. She does not have her essential medications with her.

5. What are some of the teams involved in the search operation?
The search operation involves the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department, the Coast Guard Helicopter, Redway Fire Department, and Southern Humboldt Technical Rescue.

6. What areas are the search efforts focused on?
The search efforts are focused on Redway Beach, Whitmore Grove, and Ravencliff.

7. How can motorists passing through the area contribute to the search?
Motorists passing through the area are requested to exercise caution and reduce speed, as searchers and dogs may be present on the roads, following a scent.

8. What should local residents do if they come across Pam Van Hoek?
Local residents are urged to remain alert and approach Pam Van Hoek with care and compassion, considering the potential confusion and disorientation caused by her condition.

9. How can anyone with information about Pam Van Hoek’s whereabouts contact the authorities?
Anyone with information about Pam Van Hoek’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department at (707) 445-7251.

Definitions

– Dementia: A general term for a decline in cognitive ability (thinking, memory, and reasoning) that is severe enough to interfere with daily functioning.
– Diabetes: A chronic medical condition in which the body’s ability to produce or respond to insulin is impaired, leading to high levels of glucose in the blood.

Related Links

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department
Coast Guard
Redway Fire Department
Southern Humboldt Technical Rescue