Family seeks man missing in Nevada County since mid-November |

Family seeks man missing in Nevada County since mid-November

Family and friends are searching for a Redding-area man who was last seen in Nevada County a month ago, and who has had no communication with anyone since then.

This week, James Andrada’s mother, Donna Lyon, reported him missing to the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department.

Andrada, who also goes by Jim or Jimmy, went to the Grass Valley area with a friend on Nov. 14, the Sheriff’s Department told the Modesto Bee.

The friend returned from Grass Valley and said Andrada chose to stay there.

In March, Andrada was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Jail on suspicion of receiving stolen property and possession of methamphetamine, as well as probation violation and warrants, the Modesto Bee reported.

Lyon told The Bee that her son’s friend has given different accounts of where he last saw Andrada. She said her son and his friend went to the area to pan for gold.

Both Lyon and Cristina Andrada, his ex-wife, have posted on Facebook, including messages on several Nevada County groups.

“We haven’t heard one thing,” Lyon said Friday, adding that he has not been in contact with anyone in a month. “I just don’t know where he would be.”

Lyon has posted appeals on Facebook for anyone with information to call her at 209-985-6765.

“This is the worst thing that can ever happen to a mother, to not know where your child is,” she said.

Cristina Andrada said James was last seen in North San Juan and that she last spoke to him on Nov. 18.

“He said he had to go to town to call me,” she said. “I asked him when he would be back, because I needed help with my car, and he said any day.”

Cristina said she messaged the friend who was with her ex-husband on Nov. 25 and that he told her James stayed in Nevada County.

“He said there was no way to reach him,” she said. “But it’s been a month. I assume he would have called someone by now.”

Andrada is described as a white male adult, age 40, 6-foot-1, 170 pounds, with brown hair and brown/hazel eyes. Cristina Andrada said he has multiple tattoos, including “Nor Cal” and “Cristina’s Outlaw” on his neck, a “biker chick” on his forearm and a moon and a sun on the backs of his legs.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts can also contact Stanislaus Area Crime Stoppers, 209-521-4636. Tipsters can email through the Crime Stoppers website,

Contact reporter Liz Kellar at 530-477-4236 or by email at

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