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Nevada County authorities say missing girl is found in Combie Road honey oil bust

Nevada County authorities this week found a missing 17-year-old girl during a butane honey oil lab bust on Combie Road, reports state.

Tyrel Collin Welstad, 31, of Auburn, faces charges of manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of marijuana for sale, committing a felony while on bail and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Arrested Tuesday, he’s since made his $22,500 bond, jail records state.

Deputies found Welstad and the 17-year-old around 8:15 a.m. after executing a search warrant at a home in the 10000 block of Combie Road. They discovered a closed-loop butane honey oil extraction system, along with several pounds of suspected marijuana, filled butane canisters and empty canisters inside trash bags, Lt. Bill Smethers said.

Additionally, authorities found two firearms and suspected methamphetamine, Smethers added.

“They’re actually weighing everything right now,” the lieutenant said.

According to Smethers, the girl — who faces no charges — was reported missing from Santa Clara. It’s unknown how long she’s been missing or what relationship she has with Welstad. She’s since been placed with Nevada County Child Protective Services and will be returned to her family.

Welstad, out on bond for a domestic violence incident when arrested Tuesday, had what Smethers called a sophisticated system for making butane honey oil.

“It’s a more efficient system, the closed loop,” he added. “They’re expensive.”

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email ariquelmy@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.


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