DATE:  "October 14, 2020"


Incident Number: 

Suspicious Death - Missing Person Recovery

187 PC  (Murder)

1500 block of Valley Road in Willits, CA

Date of Incident: 

8:30 AM

James Andrew Whetstone (69 year-old male from Willits, CA)

James Presley Whetstone (29 year-old male from Willits, CA)

Written By: 
Captain Gregory L. Van Patten  #1184


On 10-14-2020 the investigation into the disappearance of James Andrew Whetstone continued with investigators revisiting the family property located in the 1500 block of Valley Road in Willits, California.

While on the property, investigators developed information that led them to the discovery of a fresh grave that had been concealed with debris.

A search warrant was granted for an in-depth search of the property, prompting a further search by Sheriff's Detectives with the assistance of investigators with the Mendocino County District Attorney's Office. 

During this time, Sheriff's Detectives excavated the area of the fresh grave and recovered the remains of James Andrew Whetstone.

Sheriff's Detectives were able to link James Presley Whetstone to James Andrew Whetstone's death and arrested him based upon probable cause.

James Presley Whetstone was identified as being James Andrew Whetstone's biological son and the pair lived together on the family property.

James Presley Whetstone was to be booked into the Mendocino County Jail on a charge of 187 PC (Murder) to be held in lieu of an undetermined amount of bail at the time of this press release.

A forensic autopsy of James Andrew Whetstone's body is pending at this time.

Sheriff's Detectives are continuing investigations into the incident.


The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office is actively investigating the reported disappearance of James Andrew Whetstone (see attached photograph).

He was last seen on 10-09-20 @ 8:30 AM at the family residence located in the 1500 block of Valley Road in Willits, California.

He is believed to have either walked away or received a ride from someone in a vehicle, although that is not his usual behavior.

He is described as a 69 year-old male, standing 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing 250 pounds. He has blue eyes and shoulder length gray hair that he usually wears in a ponytail.

He was last seen wearing a gray jacket, blue jeans and black boots. He is reportedly in good physical health for his age.

Anyone with information about James Andrew Whetstone's current whereabouts is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office by calling 707-463-4086.

Approved by: 
Captain Gregory L. Van Patten  #1184
James Andrew Whetstone
69 year-old from Willits, California
MCSO Case# 2020-25082
Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
Matthew Kendall, Sheriff-Coroner
951 Low Gap Rd, Ukiah, CA 95482
(707) 463-4411,
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