Where is 15-Year-Old Pearl Pinson? No Trace After Police Search Several California Counties

By Andrew Simontacchi
Andrew Simontacchi
Andrew Simontacchi
May 31, 2016 Updated: May 31, 2016

After searching the Jenner and Willow Creek areas in Sonoma County, California, the Solano County Sheriff’s Office appears to have hit a wall, leading to one simple yet baffling question: Where is Pearl Pinson?

Over the weekend, the sheriff’s office released several statements, with details and photos on where they’ve conducted searches for the missing 15-year-old from Vallejo.

So far, authorities have ruled out Jenner and Willow Creek within Sonoma County, and have searched several areas within the Marin and Solano counties as well.

Throughout each of the sheriff’s office updates, one message remains consistent: The community is encouraged to call in any tips they may have to (707) 784-1963. If they see Pearl, they are encouraged to call their local law enforcement or 911—the sheriff’s office has said repeatedly they will continue to follow-up on those tips, and any future search will depend on where those leads take them.

An AMBER Alert was issued for the missing Pinson by the California Highway Patrol (CHP), at the request of the Solano County Sheriff’s Office, on May 26.

Pinson hasn’t been heard from since around 7 a.m. on May 25 and was believed to be with 19-year-old Fernando Castro—also of Vallejo—who authorities considered a suspect and believed him to be “armed and dangerous” at the time of the AMBER Alert’s issuance.

According to the Solano County Sheriff’s Office, a witness reported seeing a white female, believed to be Pinson, being dragged by Castro over a pedestrian overpass in Vallejo.

The female’s face was reportedly bleeding as she was yelling for help. Castro reportedly had a firearm in his hand, and as the witness ran for help, a gun shot was heard.

Deputies responding to the pedestrian bridge alert found what looked like blood markings, but no Castro or Pinson. A cell phone was reportedly also found at the scene.

Later that evening on May 25, the sheriff’s office said it was unable to confirm if Pinson was shot or the extent of any injuries.

On May 27, Castro was shot and killed by authorities.

The car Castro was believed to be traveling in was spotted in San Luis Obispo County. California Highway Patrol (CHP) and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office responded, chased the vehicle, and engaged in a shootout with Castro.

He fled the shooting and ran into a residential area, entering a mobile home. The female occupant was unharmed, Castro slipped out of the home and stole the woman’s truck, while firing at authorities.

Authorities returned fire, striking and killing Castro. Around midnight that night, the Solano County Sheriff’s Office released a statement saying Pinson had not yet been found

Pinson was last seen wearing a grey sweater, black leggings, with a black and turquoise backpack; she has green eyes and currently has green hair. She never arrived at her school, Jesse M. Bethel High School in Vallejo, on Wednesday, according to the sheriff’s office. She is 5 foot 3 inches tall and weights 130 pounds.

Users with information can post onto the Solano County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page post here, or are encouraged to call Detective Mattson at (707) 784-7061. Callers may also remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (707) 644-STOP (7867).