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Search still on for missing Eureka man who fled police

A man who fled into the Mendocino National Forest last week to escape law enforcement officers remains missing, according to the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office.

Artemio Garcia Chavez, 24, of Eureka has been missing since Oct. 26, when he and three other men suspected of growing marijuana jumped from two moving vehicles and ran into the woods near Covelo as U.S. Forest Service officers attempted to stop them, the Sheriff's Office reported.

Law enforcement officers said they later found more than 40 pounds of marijuana in one of the vehicles.

None of the suspects have been located but Chavez' family reported the other three are accounted for, authorities said. The other suspects are not willing to assist with the search for Chavez, the family said.

Chavez' family reported him missing on Oct. 31. They said they hadn't heard from him since Oct. 26 when he phoned to say he was "up on the hill" and had sprained his ankle, authorities said. It was unclear exactly where Chavez was at the time of the call, family said.

A multi-agency search has failed to locate Chavez, authorities said.

Chavez is described as 5-feet-7, weighing 190 pounds with black, shaved hair and brown eyes. He was wearing blue jeans, tennis shoes and a gray, hooded sweatshirt, authorities said.


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