Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Mother and Child Still Missing After Crash North of Leggett

Posted By and on Tue, Dec 1, 2020 at 1:14 PM

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A mother and child are still missing after a crash north of Leggett 24 hours ago.

The woman, Trinity Bray, was driving a vehicle that struck a tree south of Confusion Hill just before noon at mile marker 98.3. An adult male passenger received major injuries.

The 34-year-old McKinleyville woman and her 3-year-old child, Anthony, apparently left to get help, heading northbound on U.S. Highway 101, but they haven’t been seen since.

The CHP in Garberville, which responded to the crash scene, searched for Bray and the child in the surrounding area and at local businesses but did not located them. The passenger was taken to the hospital.

CHP was later notified by family and friends that Bray had not been in contact with them since the accident. An officer was dispatched to current and former addressed to see if they could make contact with Bray and her child but the efforts were unsuccessful, according to a CHP news release.

A “be on the lookout” notification has been sent out to area law enforcement agencies.

“CHP Air Operations, officers from the Garberville CHP, and Leggett Valley Fire Department conducted a coordinated air and foot search of the area surrounding the collision scene and were unsuccessful in locating either party,” a CHP release states. “The investigating officer attempted contact with Bray at all known prior contacts and a cellular phone locating ping was initiated to attempt to locate Bray. All attempts were also unsuccessful.”

According to Bray's adopted mom, Julie, “Anytime she has ever gotten into an issue she calls me. I tried to call her, but [the phone] keeps going right to voice mail. All I can think that she’s unconscious in the woods.”

Julie believes Bray would have tried to come home if she could because “she was supposed to be signing a rental agreement yesterday; she was going to be getting her own place.”

Yesterday, Julie, began searching alongside the highway on foot. She went out looking again today. “If I’m yelling for her and she can actually hear me, she’ll probably come out,” Julie told us.

If anyone has time to help, Julie said, “We need some assistance. It is just me and two of my girlfriends."

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Garberville CHP Office at (707) 923-2155.

Read the CHP release below:
On 11/30/2020, at approximately 1150 hours, a 2011 Toyota Sienna traveling northbound on US-101, south of Confusion Hill, collided with a tree along the east road edge, for reasons still under investigation. Officers from the Garberville CHP area were called at 1200 hours, responded to the scene and arrived at approximately 1218 hours. One of the occupants identified as Steven Gutierrez, sustained major injuries and was transported from the scene for medical care.

Two other occupants, a white female adult identified as Trinity Leigh Bray, and a male juvenile identified as Anthony Florentine-Perez, voluntarily walked away from the scene prior to CHP arrival. Bray and Florentine-Perez were reported walking northbound along US-101 and did not appear to be injured as a result of the collision. Officers searched the surrounding area and businesses and were unable to locate Bray or Florentine-Perez upon arrival.

CHP Garberville was notified by friends and family of Bray’s, she had not made contact nor been seen since the accident. Officers were dispatched to all known current and prior addresses of Bray’s to confirm her and the child’s welfare. A welfare, “Be On the Look Out” was broadcast to adjacent and neighboring law enforcement agencies.

CHP Air Operations, officers from the Garberville CHP, and Leggett Valley Fire Department conducted a coordinated air and foot search of the area surrounding the collision scene and were unsuccessful in locating either party. The investigating officer attempted contact with Bray at all known prior contacts and a cellular phone locating ping was initiated to attempt to locate Bray. All attempts were also unsuccessful.

If anyone has any further information regarding the whereabouts of Trinity Bray and/or Anthony Florentine-Perez please contact the Garberville CHP area office at (707) 923-2155.   
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