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Missing man Joey McCormack found safe in Sacramento

Joey McCormack in 2018.
Photo courtesy Joe McCormack

For weeks, Joey McCormack’s family bombarded the internet and plastered the region with flyers seeking information on the 26-year-old, last heard from on May 11.

At the end of June, sheriff’s deputies spent several days searching along Rough and Ready Highway and Ridge Road for possible remains, after detectives from the Nevada County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit and Special Investigations Unit developed investigative leads surrounding his disappearance. Search and Rescue teams from Nevada County, Yuba County, Placer County and Solano County sheriff’s offices, along with the California Rescue Dog Association, had helped in the effort, to no avail.

On Sunday, McCormack turned up “safe and sound” in Sacramento, unaware he had been reported missing two months ago.

“He had no idea we were looking for him,” said his father, Joe McCormack, adding his son had been living in a camp, his phone at some point stolen.

Joey McCormack had been reported missing by his family to the Grass Valley Police Department on May 26. Mother Heather McCormack told The Union she last heard from Joey on May 11, adding it was unusual for him to go longer than a week without sending family members a message. On May 26, she was contacted by someone who told her something had happened to Joey, she said.

According to Joe McCormack, Joey had left Nevada County to avoid some people, one of whom had taken his phone.

A Sacramento police officer had seen the online fundraiser for McCormack and “bumped into him,” Joe McCormack said.

“I got the call Sunday night,” he said. “I kept asking the officer, are you sure it’s him? There have been so many close calls.”

Joe McCormack said he wasted no time jumping into his Jeep and driving down to Sacramento, asking, “I felt like I couldn’t get down there fast enough. … I was still in disbelief.”

Joey McCormack now is safe and situated in a stable environment, his father said.

“It’s been quite the (emotional roller coaster),” he said. “But the community support has been amazing.”

Contact reporter Liz Kellar at 530-477-4236 or by email at lizk@theunion.com.


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