Detectives are trying to determine what an Orange County man was doing in Lake County in the days before he was found dead in Cache Creek west of Clear Lake.

A kayaker paddling a remote stretch of the creek about a half-mile west of Cache Creek Dam discovered 18-year-old Noe Figueroa’s body about 2 p.m. Sunday.

Figueroa, whom coroner officials identified Thursday, was last seen by a relative in Ukiah around July 1 before he apparently headed to Lower Lake for an unknown purpose, Lake County sheriff’s Lt. Corey Paulich said. Detectives released a photograph of Figueroa, asking for the public’s help determining where he was staying, possibly in or around Lower Lake, and his purpose there.

“We’re trying to help the family figure out what happened to him and find anyone who might help us learn the circumstances of how he ended up in the water,” Paulich said.

Detectives so far found nothing to suggest foul play, he said.

Paulich said the family hadn’t reported Figueroa missing. They knew he was in Lake County but had no idea what he was doing or whom he was visiting, he said.

Anyone with information about Figueroa can contact Lake County sheriff’s Detective Richard Kreutzer at 707-262-4233 or

You can reach Staff Writer Julie Johnson at 707-521-5220 or On Twitter @jjpressdem.

Anniversary events

What: Afternoon of Recognition hosted by Amaturo Sonoma Media Group

When: Noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 30

Where: Old Courthouse Square, Santa ROsa

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What: Wildfire Anniversary Event: Community Healing Together. All-ages event to with art activities, musical performances, guided hikes, and food.

When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 6

Where: Shiloh Ranch Regional Park, 5750 Faught Road

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What: Museums of Sonoma County opening reception for “From the Fire: A Community Reflects and Rebuilds,” which runs through Jan. 27

When: 3-6 p.m. Oct. 6

Where: 505 B St., Santa Rosa

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*The event is the first in a larger series through the month of October, including an Oct. 25 event from 7-8:30 p.m. at 505 B St. featuring Press Democrat journalists discussing the fire coverage that earned the newspaper a Pulitzer Prize.


What: Together in Hope, a prayer gathering in solidarity to honor and remember the resiliency and recovery from the North Bay Fires.

When: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 7

Where: Cardinal Newman High School Field, 50 Ursuline Road.

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What: County of Sonoma and City of Santa Rosa’s ceremony, featuring chalk for artistic expression on sidewalks around Courthouse Square.

When: 4 – 8 p.m. Oct. 8, with a ceremony with a reading by Sonoma County Poet Laureate, Maya Khosla, and a firefighter memorial bell ringing begins at 6 p.m. Chalk will be available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 9

Where: Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa


What: La Luz Center’s appreciation of community resiliency, featuring food, art activities, resources and a listening session in Spanish conducted by Sustainable Sonoma.

When: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 8

Where: La Luz Center, 17560 Greger St. Sonoma



What: Honoring Loss, Rising in Hope – an evening of singing, prayer and reflection.

When: 7 p.m. Oct. 9

Where: First United Methodist Church, 1151 Montgomery Drive

More details: Contact Pastor Lindsey Bell-Kerr at


What: One-year remembrance gathering hosted by Coffey Strong

When: 7-8 p.m. Oct. 9

Where: Near the intersection of Hopper Avenue and Coffey Lane

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