A woman hoping to start a new life vanishes
Jennifer Wilmer goes missing
Jennifer vanished from Eureka. Her disappearance has been linked to Karen's and she is part of the Humboldt Five.
Jennifer Wilmer Disappearance
Victim of (Potentially) Related Crime
Karen Mitchell goes missing
Karen was a local teen who disappeared in Eureka. Her disappearance has been linked to Jennifer's and she is part of the Humboldt Five.
Karen Mitchell Disappearance
Christine Walters goes missing
Christine vanished from Eureka. Her disappearance has been linked to Jennifer's and she is part of the Humboldt Five.
Christine Walters Disappearance
Danielle loses her baby
A physician determined the boy had severe developmental issues and wouldn’t survive. Bertolini went through emergency surgery to terminate her pregnancy, a decision that altered her. She then switched to heroin for self-medication and immediately fled towards the refuge of Humboldt County for something new.
Child of Victim
Danielle moves to California from Bangor Maine
After losing her infant son, Danielle decides to start over in Fortuna, CA
Last contact with family members
Sheila Franks goes missing
Sheila vanished from Eureka. Her disappearance has been linked to Jennifer's and she is part of the Humboldt Five.
Sheila Franks Disappearance
Danielle is last seen in Fortuna
Danielle had last been seen getting into a car on the road leading to her house in the rural area known as Swains Flats, along Highway 36.
Danielle is reported missing
Danielle talked to her mother on nearly a daily basis. When she had not heard from Danielle, she filed a missing person report.
Parent of Victim
Danielle's family offers a $5,000 reward
The family offered the sum of money for the return of Danielle
Families of Shelia and Danielle Bertolini search for their missing loved ones
The families searched Humboldt county. K-9 Forensics also helped with the search.
Facebook page created for Sheila and Danielle
Frustrated with the investigation, the families of Sheila and Danielle team up to find the women
Police chief says Sheila and Danielle's case related
This is the first public acknowledgment that Danielle's and Sheila's case may be connected. “Both cases are on-going investigations. We’re working with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department closely and following all our leads, but yes, we have identified a person of interest in both cases and it’s the same man. We aren’t releasing his name at this time,” Chief Dobberstein said.
Sheila's case combined with 4 others; designated 'The Humboldt Five'
Missing person activists launched a social media campaign. The campaign includes a Facebook page, a hashtag #HumboldtMissingFive and an interactive map of where the women disappeared.missing person activists launched a social media campaign. The campaign includes a Facebook page for the five missing women, share-able graphics (see image above,) a hashtag (#HumboldtMissingFive) and an interactive map (see photo below) of where the women disappeared. So-Cal Advocates For The Missing and their partners urge community members to share these images and this story in hopes that clues to the whereabouts of the women might emerge.
Skull found in Eel River
A human skull was found on the river bar near Ferndale. No other human remains were located during the search.
The skull appeared to have been exposed to the elements for an extended period of time.
Location of Danielle's skull (Approx. Location)
Family notified skull is Danielle's
Family confirms skull is Danielle's
“The skull found in eel river a couple months ago has been confirmed by DNA that it is my daughter Danielle,” reads a message posted earlier this afternoon in the Help Find Sheila Franks and Danielle Bertolini Facebook group
The Humboldt County Sheriff's office searches Blue Slide area
No more remains are located
Danielle's skull was found here