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Missing Man: Erik Lamberg - CA - 05/26/2013

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Name: Erik Lamberg


Date of Birth: 10/29/1961
Date Missing: 05/28/2013
Age at time of disappearance: 51
City Missing From: Redondo Beach
State Missing From: CA
Gender: Male
Race: Caucasian
Height: 6 ft 5 in
Weight: 190 lbs
Hair Color: Dirty Blonde
Eye Color: Blue
Complexion: Clear

Identifying Characteristics: Erik wears glasses, has a broken upper front tooth, and has artificial hips. (both sides)

Clothing: He may have been wearing a t-shirt and shorts.

Jewelry: None
Circumstances of Disappearance: Erik went missing while driving to Oregon. He was delayed two days in the Laytonville, CA area while attempting to have repairs made to his van, which had been towed, but the shop was unable to due to the upcoming holiday weekend.His wife spoke to him on May 26th, and said he sounded paranoid, but stated he was safe in a hotel. He spoke to a hotel clerk on May 27th and was checked out of the hotel on Tuesday, May 28th, but did not speak to any of the hotel employees. He was reported missing on May 29th.

His Honda Odyssey Van was found on June 1, 2013 on Sherwood Road, a remote dirt road in Mendocino County that travels from Willits to Fort Bragg, CA. According to the family, the car had been burglarized. The Sheriff's Department said there was evidence that someone attempted to free the vehicle from the ditch. Erik may have had his cell phone and wallet when he went missing, but his clothing and cell phone charger were left in the vehicle.

There has been no activity on his cell or bank accounts since his disappearance. Search dogs found possible scent a mile west of the scene, but lost the trail. The area is dense forest. Additional searches based upon leads have been conducted as far away as 10 miles at the Clare Mill Depot area, but there has been no sign of Erik. Based upon searches and scent, it appears that Erik went one mile west, and then back tracked 5-7 miles east of where the van was found.


Medical Conditions: Erik suffers from Bi-Polar disorder and was not on his medication at the time of his disappearance. He has never shown violent tendencies.

Investigative Agency: Mendocino County Sheriff's Department
Agency Phone: (707) 463-4086

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Family in search of man last seen in Laytonvill
Redwood Times
Posted:  06/04/2013 02:09:04 PM PDT


On Wednesday, May 29 at around 9:30 p.m. the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a family member of Erik Lamberg. The family member stated Erik was experiencing difficulties with his vehicle when she last spoke to him on May 26, 2013 around 11:30 p.m.

At that time Erik had his vehicle, a silver 2004 Honda Odyssey, towed to Laytonville when it broke down in Leggett. He had the vehicle repaired and stayed two nights at a local hotel in Laytonville at which time he phoned his family and said he was "fine." The family has not seen or heard from Erik since. A missing persons case was taken and a "be on the lookout" (BOLO) issued to all northern California law enforcement agencies.

Deputies later confirmed Erik’s vehicle was repaired by a local mechanic, and he had stayed in the motel for two nights, but had checked out on Tuesday, May 28.

On Saturday, June 1, the sheriff’s office received a report of an abandoned vehicle approximately 20 miles west of Willits on Sherwood Road. Deputies responded and located Erik’s vehicle. It appeared the vehicle had gotten stuck in a ditch in the road and was abandoned. Search efforts around the vehicle were conducted but Erik was not located. The vehicle was towed to clear the road.

Erik Lamberg is described as being 51 years old, 6’5" tall, weighs approximately 200 pounds, has "sandy" blond hair and blue eyes. It is unknown what clothing he had on when he went missing. The family related that Erik may be experiencing mental health issues but has shown no violent tendencies in the past.

The sheriff’s office is requesting anyone who has information or who might have seen Erik to contact the Sheriff’s Dispatch Center at (707) 463-4086.

Missing man's family still hoping to find him
Ukiah Daily Journal Staff
Updated:  07/03/2013 08:07:12 AM PDT

The wife of a Rodondo man who has been missing since the end of May is still hoping a someone will provide a tip that may lead to finding him.

Samantha Lamberg has been at home in Southern California with her 10- and 14-year-old children, wondering what happened to their father, Erik Swan Lamberg, 51, who was last seen in Laytonville on May 27.

The Lambergs are separated, and he was driving to Oregon to seek help for mental health issues, according to Samantha Lamberg, who said he is bipolar and was off his medication when he left Southern California around May 23.
She talked with him on the phone from Laytonville on May 26.

"He sounded paranoid," she said, "but said he was safe in a motel."

He had apparently tried to get some repairs done to his Honda Odyssey van in Laytonville, but told Samantha Lamberg the repairs could not begin until after the holiday weekend, on May 28. Nonetheless, the van -- which had been towed to Laytonville from Leggett -- was driven away.

According to Samantha Lamberg, the motel owner said Erik Lamberg and the van were gone on May 28. His credit card showed a charge May 26 for the motel.

Samantha Lamberg did not hear from Erik Lamberg between May 26 and May 28, and his credit card was not used again, which she said was unusual, and so she reported him missing the night of May 29 to the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office.
The MCSO found the Honda van on Sherwood Road about 20 miles west of Willits on Saturday, June 1. Deputies did a limited search immediately around the van, and a ground search for Erik Lamberg -- including a bloodhound and a shepherd -- was organized for the following Wednesday.

Lt. Shannon Barney at the MCSO said the dogs followed what they thought was a good scent about a mile west of the spot where the van was found, but then lost the scent.

Since the search, the MCSO has had a couple of calls of possible sightings but neither panned out.

"We're looking for tips," Barney said.

Samantha Lamberg is hoping to keep her husband's case in the public eye and has launched a Facebook site dedicated to finding him.

In the meantime, however, "I'm down here feeling pretty powerless," she said.

The sheriff’s office is requesting anyone who has information or who might have seen Erik to contact the Sheriff’s Dispatch Center at (707) 463-4086.

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Local Redondo Beach man still missing in Mendocino County

Chelsea Sektnan|July 9, 2013 4:33 pm

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Photo of Erik Lamberg submitted by Samantha Lamberg

Law enforcement has called off the search for local man Erik Lamberg, 51, who went missing in Mendocino County on May 29. But his Hermosa Beach family still holds out hope for his safe return.

“The Mendocino Sheriff’s office told me they didn’t have any directions to go in and I understand,” said Samantha Lamberg, the missing man’s wife. “Where he went missing is very forested and terrain is very difficult. I had people from down here who wanted to go search and they strongly discouraged me from having anyone do that. They didn’t want anyone else to get lost or hurt.”

Lamberg, who had been living in Redondo Beach, was reported missing after he was having car trouble around 11:30 p.m. on May 26. He’d told family and friends he was “getting away” for a little while and didn’t have an exact itinerary.  His wife became suspicious when she didn’t hear from him, because he was conscientious about staying in contact with his family. He lodged at a Budget Inn in Laytonville, in Northern California, for two days after having his 2004 Honda Odyssey towed for repairs. He called his family that night to say that he was “fine.”

That was the last time Lamberg was seen or heard from.

“I guess you don’t have an instruction book about how these things work,” said Samantha. “I just have to rely on what they [the police] think is appropriate. They said the investigation is still open and they would actively investigate any leads.”

She added that the police said that oftentimes tips will be sent in through family members or a website instead of through police.

“I had an old fashion vision of what you do in small towns when someone is missing,” Samantha said. “But they don’t suggest putting up flyers. Instead, they suggested we put something up on social media and encouraged us to get articles out there incase somebody recognizes him.”

Mendocino Police Lt. Shannon Barney said that the department received an abandoned vehicle report matching Lamberg’s van approximately 20 miles west of Willits, on Sherwood Road, June 1. Deputies responded and found the vehicle stuck in a ditch in the road and abandoned. Lt. Barney said that wood and other debris were placed under the tires in what looked like an attempt to free the vehicle, and large footprints were found near the van. No recent activity has been found on his cell phone or credit card. Clothes and other personal belongings, including a cell phone charger, were left in the car.

The local Search and Rescue (SAR) combed the area near the location where the van was discovered, utilizing tracking dogs, for days after his disappearance. They gave up the search after the dogs hit multiple dead ends. Family members joined the search, passing out flyers and asking people in nearby communities if they recognized his photo. Samantha has been actively reaching out to local media in L.A., Mendocino County in and the Oregon area where he was heading.

“According to the wife, he’s not really good with directions, but in this area if he’s stuck on the road there’s only one way in and one way out – it’s not like its open country. It’s dense straight up and down forests,” Lt. Barney said, adding that an aerial search would be virtually impossible because of the dense ground cover. “It’s feasible he could have walked out, been picked up and given a ride. Or he could have, and I don’t know why, walked into the forest at any given point in probably a 30-mile long road.”

Barney said he hypothesizes that Lamberg may have been picked up by a car, and urges anybody with information to call the police.

“We have to get to get really lucky somehow, as awful as that sounds,” Samantha Lamberg said. “Someone is going to have to find him somewhere in the forest because they’ll be in the right place or the right time,” said Samantha Lamberg. “Or if in fact he did get taken in by somebody up there or did somehow hitchhike out of there, he’s going to have to surface. The fact that he still hasn’t used a cell phone or credit card or tried to contact us is obviously really, really alarming.”

The couple has two children in Hermosa Beach.

“At this point I’m just trying to keep my kid’s lives as normal as I can because that’s the best thing I can do for them,” Samantha said. “I can’t even imagine what it would be like to be a child living in this situation. It’s my great wish to get my kids through this intact, and obviously if we can find Erik and have some closure that would make our lives so much more clear cut. To live with person who’s missing is going to be a really hard thing for all of us….The terrain we’re dealing with is uncharted. There aren’t rights or wrongs. I just sort of have to go with my gut about what’s the best thing to do.”

Lamberg is described as 6’5”, 200 pounds with sandy blond hair and blue eyes. The family told police that he may be experiencing mental health issues but has shown no violent tendencies in the past.

The Sheriff’s Department requests anyone with information to call 707-463-4086.

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Family continues search for Southern California man who disappeared in Mendocino County

Wednesday, 28 August 2013 00:52 Elizabeth Larson

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA – On the night of May 31, a man working in a remote wooded area of Mendocino County heard a chilling sound.

Michael Stephens, a biologist working as an owl caller, was near the Clare Mill Depot along the Skunk Train route when he heard screaming coming from an old shed in the area.

Understandably spooked, Stephens left the area but reported the unsettling occurrence to a forester on the property. Railroad officials checked the area the next day but found no one, according to Lt. Shannon Barney of the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office.

Nearly two months later, Stephens' girlfriend, Angela Harney, heard an interview on KZYX with Samantha Lamberg, a Hermoso Beach woman searching for her missing husband, Erik.

Erik Swan Lamberg, 52, was last seen by a Laytonville Budget Inn employee on May 27. Lamberg's vehicle had broken down and he was staying at the motel.

His wife said he last used his credit card May 26, the same day she spoke to him for the last time.

He's since vanished, leaving no traces, except some possible sightings. His abandoned vehicle later was found in a wooded area near Willits.

Samantha Lamberg set up a Facebook page to generate information about her husband, and she said that's how Harney contacted her with the tip about the screaming Stephens heard on the night of May 31.

The information resulted in a law enforcement search of the area that began late last month. While search dogs showed some interest in spots along the search route, no definitive sign of Erik Lamberg was found, according to Lt. Barney.

Searching for answers

Samantha Lamberg said her husband has struggled with mental illness for years.

Erik Lamberg suffers from bipolar disorder and over time has become increasingly paranoid and erratic, his wife said.

“We spent a long time living alongside mental illness when he was taking his meds,” Samantha Lamberg said.

However, she said he had stopped taking his medications and was having substance abuse issues, which was impacting their 10-year-old daughter and 15-year-old son.

After his father died in June 2011, Erik Lamberg became less compliant with requirements to take his medications and his addictive propensities increased, his wife explained.

“His dad’s death left him broken,” she said.

He would be up all night, wanting to wake up their daughter to help him sort coins, she said.

Because of the impact on their children, Erik Lamberg moved out and began living with his mother in nearby Redondo Beach, according to his wife.

It was around May 22 or 23 that Erik Lamberg left his home, heading for Oregon to get into a sober living facility. His wife said she didn't see him the day he left or the few days beforehand. She didn't believe he was suicidal.

Before he had left he had tried to get into a sober living facility in Southern California but had encountered delays while waiting for the insurance approval. He also had an argument with his mother and brother, and was no longer speaking to his mother, his wife said.

Samantha Lamberg said she and her husband were speaking every day. She talked with him as he was on the road, last talking to him on May 26 when he had broken down in Leggett. She said he was waiting for a tow service and was extremely paranoid, believing someone had canceled the tow truck.

“He sounded freaked out, he sounded paranoid,” she said.

She called him that night, he said he was OK and he was staying in Laytonville.

When she heard nothing more from him, she did her own investigation, checking his phone records and finding that his last phone call was to her late on the night of May 26. A group text sent from a rehab group was sent to his phone on May 27.

His credit cards didn't show any activity after paying for the motel room in buying food in Laytonville on May 26, Samantha Lamberg said.

She called, texted and sent a Facebook message to him. There was no response.

A person at the motel reported speaking to him on May 27, Memorial Day, the same day he moved his vehicle from a repair shop to the Budget Inn, she said.

The next day, Erik Lamberg was gone.

Clues and dead ends

Samantha Lamberg reported her husband missing to the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, May 29.

The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office reported that it took a missing persons case and issued a “be on the lookout” for Erik Lamberg to all Northern California law enforcement agencies.

The agency said deputies confirmed Erik Lamberg's silver 2004 Honda Odyssey was repaired by a local mechanic and he had stayed in the Budget Inn for two nights, but had checked out on May 28.

Samantha Lamberg said there was a report that her husband's vehicle was seen in a remote area west of Willits on May 29. At that point she said it had not been broken into.

Three days later, on Saturday, June 1, two young Lake County men running hounds 20 miles west of Willits in the Sherwood Road area found Erik Lamberg's abandoned Honda Odyssey. The sheriff's office reported the vehicle appeared to have gotten stuck in a ditch and was abandoned.

The vehicle had been broken into, and a search around it for signs of Erik Lamberg yielded no results, sheriff's officials said.

“It's still a mystery me what happened with the car,” Samantha Lamberg said.

She said the Honda was then towed to clear the road, which concerned her because she thought her husband may have been going back to the vehicle.

It was around that time that Stephens reported hearing screaming during the middle the night near the Skunk Train depot.

Samantha Lamberg said the timing and the location made sense from a practical standpoint, as her husband could easily have gotten from Laytonville to that area within the three days since he had last spoke to her.

There is another reason she felt Stephens' account could describe her husband.

“We had seen him scream like that before he left on at least one occasion,” she said, recalling her husband being “absolutely terrified” during that particular incident.

“I think that’s why the sheriff took it so seriously, too,” she said.

It was nearly two months later that she did the radio interview with KZYX and got the tip about Stephens hearing the man screaming.

Barney acknowledged that the tip that resulted from the radio interview led to the renewed search on July 31.

He said search dogs showed interest in areas around the depot, but added, “We didn't find anything there.”

Searchers found a shed with fir boughs that had been arranged as if they had been used as a bed, and signs that there had been a fire. “There was really no way to tell how old it was,” said Barney, so they could not determine if Lamberg had been there.

He said the team searched all the stations along the Skunk Train line, and at one point a search dog showed interest in an area by the station above Crowley. However they found nothing.

The area where the search was taking place is very remote, with thick, heavy canopy, lots of trees and drainages, Barney said. It is the same area where the search for alleged murderer Aaron Bassler took place last year.

Samantha Lamberg believes her husband could have been picked up or gone underground. “That approach would be more consistent with him,” she said, considering his bipolar condition and his paranoia when he left home.

“It's conceivable,” she said. “It’s hard to put yourself in the head of someone who's bipolar and off his meds.”

She said he also could be fearful of police.

Barney believes that it's unlikely that Eric Lamberg was picked up or went off the grid. “It's a possibility but it's a long shot,” he said.

He said Mendocino County authorities do have some outstanding missing persons cases involving people getting lost in the woods. “We do have a couple, that they're just lost in the hills.”

Most of the missing persons cases in Mendocino County involving people who are never found involve the ocean, Barney said.

He said right now they're just trying to generate leads. Until they get some new clue, “It's basically in hold mode,” Barney said.

Samantha Lamberg is doing her best to generate leads through her Facebook page, , and the Web site devoted to her husband, .

So far she's received tips about a person matching her husband's description being seen in Colton and in Covelo. She's passed that information along to Mendocino County Sheriff's officials.

“At this point I think that's how it's going to have to happen,” she said of how the important information is coming in.

Barney said Mendocino County authorities will follow up any lead they get. But search and rescue operations usually have higher success immediately after a person goes missing, he said.

He said search and rescue efforts usually focus on one area. When a person has been gone a long time, the expectation is that they have moved from that area. At that point, Barney said search and rescue professionals refer to them as being somewhere in “the rest of the world.”

“Due to the length of time he's been out there, he could technically be anywhere,” Barney said of Erik Lamberg.

Erik Lamberg is 6 feet, 5 inches tall and weighs approximately 200 pounds. He has sandy blond hair and blue eyes.

Anyone who may have seen him or otherwise has information about his whereabouts is asked to call the Mendocino County Sheriff's Dispatch Center at 707-463-4086.

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Mental health: A husband goes missing: Could 'Laura's Law' have helped?

Stephanie O'Neill | September 2nd, 2013

In late May, while driving to a sober treatment facility in Oregon, Samantha Lamberg's husband, Erik, went off the medication he was taking for his bipolar disorder.

A few days into his trip, his broken-down van was discovered along a remote road in Mendocino County. Erik has yet to surface, despite a large-scale search.

The story is depressingly familiar to Carla Jacobs, a board member with the nonprofit Treatment Advocacy Center.

"[With] any other illness, we would intervene when the person didn't have the capacity to make their own medical decision," she says. "But with mental illness, we say instead that until you are dangerous to [yourself], dangerous to others, we're not going to help you. We're going to wait until the blood flows."

Jacobs says Laura's Law — which allows for court-ordered outpatient treatment for those mentally ill people who are unable to realize that they are sick — may have helped the Lamberg family.

Legislation that will make it easier for California counties to compel some people to get mental health treatment is now on Gov. Brown's desk.

Senate Bill 585 clarifies how counties can pay for "Laura's Law," which may help persuade more counties to adopt it. So far, only one rural county has fully implemented it. Meanwhile, a family that might have benefited from the law wonders about the fate of a loved one missing since May.

RELATED: Laura's Law saves money, lives, should be implemented in other California counties

In the early days of her marriage, Samantha Lamberg of Hermosa Beach embraced the larger-than-life persona of her husband, Erik. For her, it provided entrée into a world that her shyness had always kept at bay.

"He was far more extroverted than I was," she says. "And so I was just delighted to have someone who was fun to go out with and very gregarious."

But as the years passed, Samantha started to wonder if Erik's increasingly extreme behavior reflected something more than just a big personality. In 2000, she says, a psychiatrist confirmed it: Erik suffered from bipolar disorder, a mental illness defined by episodes of mania alternating with periods of depression.

Like many sufferers, Erik often chose to self-medicate with alcohol and street drugs, rather than with the prescription mood stabilizers that can cause a slew of unwelcome side effects.

"I knew from talking to doctors that the combination of bipolar and addiction were going to be really, really hard to overcome for him," Samantha says. "What was remarkable about him was he kept trying, and he kept trying and he kept trying."

And so did she. For years, the Yale graduate and lawyer worked with her husband to find a solution. Erik had multiple stays in private treatment and there were marital separations. But when Erik went off his meds, there was little Samantha — or anyone else — could do.

Named after Laura Wilcox

The state law, passed in 2002, was named after Laura Wilcox — 19-year-old volunteer at a Nevada County mental health clinic who was shot to death by a mentally ill man who refused medical treatment.

Modeled after "Kendra's Law" in New York, Laura's Law allows for court-ordered, community-based outpatient treatment for those mentally ill who are unable to realize that they are sick and, as a result, repeatedly land in the hospital or in jail.

It also allows a judge to order treatment for those who may cause serious harm to themselves or to others. Jacobs calls it "therapeutic jurisprudence."

So far, in California, only Nevada County in Gold Rush Country has fully implemented Laura's law, which last year a grand jury there found saves saves money and lives.

More recently, a larger study by Duke University found Kendra's Law showed similar benefits. And that's helping generate renewed interest in Laura's Law, which requires a county's board of supervisors formally to opt into the law.

This summer, the Yolo County Board of Supervisors voted to adopt Laura’s Law.

In Los Angeles County, Supervisors have instructed the Department of Mental Health to provide them with information about implementing the law in Los Angeles County.

And in Orange County, mental health officials say supervisors who were hesitant to implement Laura’s Law because of uncertainty over how to pay for it are now likely to reconsider it, thanks to SB 585, the measure now on the governor's desk, which clarifies the funding issue.

"I think it's a great tool for us to have," says Mary Hale, behavioral health director for Orange County.

Meanwhile, Samantha Lamberg and her family continue to wait and hope for Erik's safe return.

"The odds that he's alive are less than the odds that he's not," Lamberg says through tears. "The idea of living with no closure is really scary."

Lamberg says she hopes her story, no matter how it ends, will highlight the need for laws that will assist families in helping their mentally ill loved ones.

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By David Lohr

Erik Lamberg Missing: California Man's Family Desperate For Answers

Posted: 09/11/2013 6:20 pm EDT | Updated: 09/12/2013 8:43 am EDT

Three months after a California man disappeared after his vehicle got stuck on a remote wilderness road, his family is still desperate for answers.

Erik Lamberg, 51, of Hermosa Beach, Calif., has not been seen since May 28, when he checked out of a hotel in Laytonville. His vehicle was later found abandoned in Northern California. Despite several searches, authorities have been unable to locate the missing computer security technician.

Samantha Lamberg, the man's wife of 21 years and mother of his two children, said her husband has not used his credit cards or cell phone since the day he disappeared.

"My instinct is that something bad happened," Samantha Lamberg told The Huffington Post. "It's very unlike him not to use his credit cards or phone."

Erik Lamberg is bi-polar and has exhibited increasingly erratic and unpredictable behavior since his father died of pancreatic cancer a couple years ago. The two were very close and his father's death put tremendous stress him. As a result, Lamberg moved out of his home and in his mother in nearby Redondo Beach, Samantha Lamberg said.

"He stopped taking his medication on a regular basis and was self-medicating," she said.

According to his wife, Erik Lamberg was not blind to the downward spiral his life had taken. In May he decided to travel to Oregon to seek sober living treatment.

By May 23, Lamberg was on the road to Oregon, but not all went as planned. Roughly three days later, at about 11:30 p.m., he called his wife and told her his 2004 Honda Odyssey broke down in Leggett. He said he had to have the vehicle towed to nearby Laytonville for repair.

Because the vehicle broke down on a Memorial Day weekend, Lamberg was forced to get a room at the Budget Inn in Laytonville. On May 27, Lamberg apparently grew tired of waiting on his vehicle and recovered it from the garage before a mechanic could examine it. It remains unclear how he started the vehicle, however hotel staff later told police that Lamberg had returned to the hotel with it.

The following day, Lamberg checked out of the Budget Inn. He told staff members he was headed toward Willits. Credit card receipts show he shopped at a market in Laytonville before he left town. He has not been seen since.

On June 1, a group of ATV riders reported an abandoned vehicle stuck in the mud about 20 miles west of Willits, on Sherwood Road. The road is rugged and is typically traversed with SUV’s and all-terrain vehicles. When authorities examined the vehicle, they found sticks and bark had been placed under the vehicles tires. They believe this was done in a failed attempt to free the vehicle. A check of the vehicle registration revealed it belonged to Lamberg.

“They told me the following day they had found car,” Samantha Lamberg said. “The car was intact when the ATV people found it, but by the time police had it towed, it had been broken into. There were things in the car when he left – a pretty expensive camera and a couple of computers – but those were not there.”

The location where the vehicle was recovered suggests Erik Lamberg had changed his mind about Oregon and was returning home. The road it was found on is surrounded by approximately 700-square-miles of dense ground cover. The foliage on the trees has made aerial searches impossible, so authorities conducted a ground search of the immediate area with a local search and rescue team.

According to Samantha Lamberg, search dogs picked up on a possible scent about a mile west of the scene. The back tracked it toward the vehicle and about seven miles along the dense forested road, where the dogs lost the trail.

The ground search for Erik Lamberg soon fizzled, but that did not stop his wife and family from posting flyers, spreading the word online and speaking with local media outlets. It was during a radio interview with KZYX in late July that Samantha Lamberg was contacted by a female listener.

The woman told Lamberg that her boyfriend had been conducting owl sound surveys on the night of May 31, when he heard someone screaming near Clare Mill, a station along the Skunk Train line. The historic passenger railway is not far from where Erik Lamberg's car was found abandoned.

"Based on feasibility of him traveling from his car to the depot line –- the distance is about eight to 10 miles as the crow flies –- authorities launched another search on July 31," Samantha Lamberg said. "They took five dogs out and four of them indicated that they thought something was in area. However, they searched and searched and nothing was found. They conducted a follow-up search on Aug. 8 and again found nothing. Now we're back to square one."

The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, did not return a call for comment from HuffPost on Wednesday

On Aug. 28, Lt. Shannon Barney of the sheriff's office told Lake County News that ground searches for Erik Lamberg are been suspended, pending new leads.

"It's basically in hold mode ... Due to the length of time he's been out there, he could technically be anywhere," Barney said.

Despite the reluctance of authorities to conduct further searches, Samantha Lamberg has continued to do everything in her power to keep the story alive. She said the newest hurtle she is facing is getting additional coverage from Mendocino media outlets.

"For instance, I called some of the media [Tuesday] and they said, 'This is not news anymore -- We're not going to dedicate column space to this,'" she said. "It's harsh. So many avenues are closing up."

Lamberg is described as 6'5", 200 pounds with sandy blond hair and blue eyes. His wife said he has never shown any violent tendencies and is not believed to be suicidal.

"I'm in the middle of reality on this. I know, given the passage of time, what the possibilities are and I live with that. My kids are trying to get their heads wrapped around it too. I just so much want for my two kids and me to get some sort of closure," Samantha Lamberg said.

Anyone who may have seen Erik Lamberg or has information about his whereabouts is asked to call the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office at (707) 463-4086. Alternatively, a website and Facebook page have been created to share information in the case.


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**Body was identified on November 27, 2013 as Stephen Pease.


Authorities seek answers to body found near Gualala




November 26, 2013, 5:25 PM


Mendocino County authorities are investigating the cause of death of a man found Sunday floating in the ocean near Gualala.


An autopsy was underway Tuesday and a forensic odontologist was scheduled on Wednesday to compare the dead man's teeth with the dental records of two missing men , said Sheriff's Capt. Greg Van Patten.


One is a Sacramento-area developer last seen checking out of a Fort Bragg motel Nov. 3, he said.


Friends of Stephen Pease, 57, an owner of a Sammy Hagar-themed restaurant in Roseville, conducted a fruitless search of the Mendocino Coast, according to Sacramento-area news reports.


The other missing person being considered is Los Angeles-area resident Erik Lamberg, 51, last seen in Laytonville May 27. Because he's been missing so long, Lamberg is a lesser possibility, Van Patten said.


The body appeared to have been in the water a matter of days and perhaps a week, he said. The only clothing was one shoe and one sock.


The results of the forensic dental exams could be available as early as Wednesday afternoon, he said. The autopsy results could take longer because the body was in poor condition, Van Patten said.


“There was nothing obvious on the body,” he said.


Recreational divers found the corpse in the ocean below cliffs just after noon Sunday, Van Patten said.


The Sonoma County Sheriff's helicopter, Henry 1, assisted in retrieving the body. Members of the South Coast Volunteer Fire Department, the CHP, and Fish and Game also assisted with the recovery, Van Patten said.

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Help Project Jason Locate Missing Persons
ProjectJason10-14poster.jpg and invite you to take a look at the faces of the missing pictured below. As truck drivers, you see many new people each day. Do any of these faces look familiar? If so, we ask that you take a moment of your time to call the appropriate law enforcement agency. We ask that you do not take direct action and thank you for your time.  You may be the reason a loving family is reunited with their missing.

Missing Person Campaign Information - October 2014
The October 2014 campaign poster shown below includes just a few of the hundreds of thousands reported missing.  We ask that you print and distribute along your route. Please feel free to send in a photo of you holding one of the Project Jason featured missing person posters of your choosing. Take a photo in front of your rig or placing the poster in a business along your route. Families of the missing are given hope when they know that strangers care enough to help potentially bring their loved ones home.
Date of Birth: 02/18/1991
Date Missing: 02/04/2013
Age at time of disappearance: 21
City Missing From: Pueblo
State Missing From: Colorado
Gender: Female
Race: White
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 120 Lbs
Hair Color: Brown
Hair (other): Long
Eye Color: Hazel
Complexion: Tan
Kelsie was 8 weeks pregnant at the time of her disappearance in February 2013. If you have any information that may help reunite Kelsie with her family, please contact the Pueblo Colorado Police Department at (719) 553-2470. Reference Investigative Case #: 13-2755.
DOB: Jul 12, 2006
Missing: Aug 30, 2010
Missing From: MILWAUKEE, WI
Sex: Female
Race: Hispanic
Hair: Black
Eyes: Black
Height: 3'5" (104cm)
Weight: 41lbs (19kg)
Jasmine was last seen in Milwaukee in August 2010. She is likely in the company of her non-custodial mother, named Araceli Garcia Flores. She may also be with her half-sister, DOB 1-5-97. If you have information regarding Jasmine, please contact the Milwaukee Wisconsin Police Department at (414) 935-7403.
kortne10-14.jpgName: KORTNE STOUFFER
Date of Birth: 04/24/1991
Date Missing: 07/29/2012
Age at time of disappearance: 21
City Missing From: Palmyra
State Missing From: PA
Gender Female
Race: White
Height: 5 ft 8 in
Weight: 115 lbs
Hair Color: Blonde
Hair (other): May wear hair in dreadlocks
Eye Color: Green
Complexion: Light
Kortne has several tattoos including 3 stars on the top of her right foot, "One Love" with a peace sign in the "O" on her right bicep, and a pistol with flowers shooting out starting on her left hip and going up the side of her abdomen. She has a pierced tongue and ears. If you have information about Kortne, please contact the Lebanon County PA District Attorney office, (Primary Agency) PA State Police, or Palmyra Police Dept by calling (717) 838-8189.
erik10-14.jpgName: ERIK LAMBERG
Date of Birth: 10/29/1961
Date Missing: 05/28/2013
Age at time of disappearance: 51
City Missing From: Redondo Beach
State Missing From: CA
Gender: Male
Race: Caucasian
Height: 6 ft 5 in
Weight: 190 lbs
Hair Color: Dirty Blonde
Eye Color: Blue
Complexion: Clear
Erik wears glasses, has a broken upper front tooth, and has artificial hips on both the right and left sides. If you have any information regarding Erik's disappearance, please call the Mendocino County California Sheriff's Department at (707) 463-4086.
Alexandria-10-14.jpgAlias: Ali Lowitzer
Date of Birth: 02/03/1994
Date Missing: 04/26/2010
Age at time of disappearance: 16
City Missing From: Spring
State Missing From: Texas
Gender: Female
Race: White
Height: 5 ft 2 in
Weight: 145 lbs
Hair Color: Brown
Hair (other): Dyed auburn
Eye Color: Hazel: blue/grey
Complexion: Fair
Recent investigative reports indicate Ali may be in the Columbus, OH area. Anyone with information about Ali's whereabouts is asked to call the Harris County Texas Sheriff's office at (713) 221-6000. Refer to Investigative Case #: 57351.




Alias: Charlie or Pop
Date of Birth: 12/06/1936
Date Missing: 06/06/2013
Age at time of disappearance: 76
City Missing From: Greensboro/Union Point
State Missing From: Georgia
Gender: Male
Race: White
Height: 5 ft 9in
Weight: 140-150 lbs
Hair Color: Gray
Eye Color: Brown
Complexion: Tan 

Charles suffers from Parkinson's disease, has dementia, and high blood pressure. If you have seen Charles, please call the Greene County Georgia Sheriff's Office at (706) 453-3351(706) 453-3351.

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From Eric's wife:


As many of you know, I don't pause very often. When I do at times like this, the tears come quickly. I last spoke to Erik on May 26, 2013. Tomorrow will be two years, and he remains missing. Missed, and loved.


Here he is. A beautiful man in a beautiful place. I hope he has finally found peace somewhere.


Please say a prayer or think a good thought for Erik, and for us.


Much love to all, Samantha

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Missing, but not forgotten

Contributed Eric Christopher

Posted: 04/14/16, 12:01 AM PDT | Updated: on 04/21/16


It is important to take the time to acknowledge all of the missing persons families are still searching for even though, in some cases, it has been many years. We are republishing a list of the most recent cases, as well a list of older cases in hopes that someone may recall any useful information. If you have any information on any missing person in Mendocino County, please contact 463-4086.



Erik Lamberg

Lamberg was reported missing in May 2013 by concerned family members who hadn’t heard from him since he had called a few days prior to inform them he was staying in Laytonville getting his car repaired after breaking down in Leggett. It was confirmed that he stayed two nights at the hotel before checking out.


On June 1, 2013, deputies located Lamberg’s car 20 miles west of Willits on Sherwood Road, which was stuck in a ditch and abandoned.

At time of his disappearance, Lamberg was 51 years old, 6 feet 5 inches, approximately 200 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.


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