Reward offered for information leading to whereabouts of missing Portola man

Dan McDonald
Managing Editor
The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office is still actively searching for a Portola man who has been missing for three weeks.

Michael Mowrey, 51, an employee at High Sierra Animal Rescue, was last seen on New Year’s Day.

Doug Rodrigues, HSAR president, said a $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to Mowrey’s whereabouts.

“He is like family to all of us, staff and volunteers alike, at High Sierra Animal Rescue,” Rodrigues said. “We are extremely concerned about Michael’s welfare and whereabouts.”

Assistant Sheriff Dean Canalia said the search for Mowrey is still “very active.”

“We’ve had dog teams and search and rescue looking for him,” Canalia said. “Volunteers are actively searching for him every day.”

Canalia said the sheriff is looking into every potential lead his office receives from the public. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff at 283-6300.

The recent photo released by High Sierra has been digitally altered to show Mowrey with short hair, because he recently cut his hair. He is 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighs about 140 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes.

Rodrigues said Mowrey, who has worked at the shelter for 10 years, never missed a day of work. When he didn’t show up following the New Year’s Day holiday, the staff knew something was wrong.

According to information provided by Rodrigues and the sheriff’s office, Mowrey often goes on walks alone.

He lives alone in a Portola apartment.

Mowrey reportedly enjoys rock hounding. On some of his solo walks, he goes out looking for rocks and arrowheads.


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