Steve Harrison, 54, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Exec Missing Since August 7, 2007 (Update: Found Deceased)
54 year old Steve Harrison, the pioneering brewery’s vice president of sales of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company has been missing since Tuesday, August 7, 2007. He was last seen Monday night and failed to show up for work on Tuesday. The search continues with family friends, co-workers and law enforcement.
Flyers are posted all over the Chico area, she said, and anyone with information about his disappearance, or his whereabouts, is asked to call Chico police at (530) 897-4900. He is 5 feet 9, between 145 and 160 pounds, and has blond hair and blue eyes.
Steve Harrison, 54, the pioneering brewery’s vice president of sales and reportedly its first employee, was reported missing after he failed to show up for work. He was last seen, at work, on Monday night. His blue Toyota Prius was found Tuesday morning near the Sacramento River, west of Chico.
Butte County’s volunteer search and rescue team is leading the search, and has brought in canine units from Napa County and elsewhere, according to law enforcement sources. A sonar-equipped boat and a California Highway Patrol helicopter have also been enlisted.
More dogs will aid in search for missing man
A massive ground search for Harrison was called off Thursday after three tracking dogs alerted on a spot along the river bank, just yards from where Harrison’s hybrid vehicle was found abandoned Tuesday morning.
Searchers figured he went into the water at that location, and spent Thursday scouring a small section of the river with an underwater camera.
Larish said other dogs brought in Friday also led searchers to the same spot on the bank, but nothing was found in the water.
Larish said yet another group of tracking dogs, from outside the area, will be brought to the river today.
He said the dogs will be allowed to run the river bank up to 1.5 miles downstream. “If they alert on something in that direction, we may expand the search,” Larish said. “But if they maintain their interest in the same area as the other dogs, we’ll probably continue our efforts there,” he said. (Oroville Mercury Register)
The search intensified Monday for a longtime employee of the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. But after remaining missing for a week, it now appears the search for Steve Harrison has become a recovery operation.
UPDATE II: Missing Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. executive found dead in river
Harrison was eventually spotted by a private citizen on a WaveRunner, identified by the Chico Enterprise Record as Chico resident Frank Wilson III. Cooley said Wilson was out looking for Harrison, whom he did not know, and spotted him about a half-mile from where Harrison’s blue Prius was found Aug. 6, a mile from Scotty’s Boat Landing.
“He was floating in the water under a snag,” Cooley said. “There were branches and sticks – he blended right in. It would have been a tough one to spot from the air.” (SF Chronicle)