Update: Merrill's vehicle and partial remains were located in a rural area near the Town of Burney, in Shasta County, CA*
Paul Merrill, 87, of Belmont, took a road trip to the McCloud area in Siskiyou County, where he was last confirmed seen on Sept. 4, according to the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office.
His family is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the discovery of Merrill or the classic 1956 Mercedes 190SL convertible he was driving.
The California Highway Patrol issued a Silver Alert for Merrill across 19 Northern California counties – including Lake – early on the morning of Sept. 5 after Merrill's family reported that he hadn't returned home from his McCloud trip.
The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office said Merrill was last seen at the McCloud Chevron Station on Sept. 4. A witness said Merrill left the station, traveling in the direction of Fowlers Campground and Cattle Camp off of Highway 89 near McCloud.
Merrill is 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighs 160 pounds, has white hair and blue eyes, and wears glasses. The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office said he was last seen wearing a cream-colored, long-sleeved shirt with embroidery on the front, khaki pants and brown shoes.
His car is a two-door, silver 1956 Mercedes, 190 SL convertible, California license plate number EZX295 with a Stanford University license plate frame. The car has a primered front hood. Merrill left the Mercedes' removable hardtop at his residence in Belmont.
Anyone with information about Merrill's whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office 24-hour Dispatch Center at 530-841-2900 or the Belmont Police Department at 650-595-7400. (Information retrieved from NamUs.gov)