Search for missing Belmont man shifts to Shasta County 

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The search for an elderly Belmont man missing for almost two weeks has shifted from Siskiyou County to Shasta County, Belmont police said Tuesday.

Paul Merrill, 87, disappeared Sept. 4 after leaving a gas station in McCloud, a city in the Mt. Shasta area of Siskiyou County, prompting the California Highway Patrol to issue a Silver Alert.

A family member told police that Merrill had gone on a trip to the Mt. Shasta area, checked out of a McCloud hotel and hadn't heard from him since, police said.

Siskiyou County sheriff's deputies on Friday received a tip that Merrill was seen Sept. 9 with his car in the area of Dana Drive and Churn Creek Road in Redding, a city in Shasta County, according to police.

On Sept. 10, law enforcement agencies deployed crews by air and ground in the McCloud area searching for Merrill based on two reported sightings of him received Sept. 8, according to the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office.

The first sighting was of Merrill's car spotted on the side of the road on state Highway 89 about 15 miles east of McCloud. The second sighting was of a man who matched Merrill's description seen walking in the forest near Cattle Camp.

The search in Siskiyou County was suspended Saturday after crews did not find the Belmont man or his car.

Merrill is described as a white man, about 5-foot-10 and weighing some 165 pounds. He was last seen wearing a green jacket, brown plaid shirt, khaki pants, tan boat shoes and possibly a blue sailor's hat, CHP officials said.

Merrill was driving a silver 1956 Mercedes convertible with California license plate EZX295 that his family said may be parked with a tan or brown cover.

Multiple law enforcement agencies are assisting in the search, including Belmont police, Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office, Jackson County Sheriff's Office from Oregon, U.S. Forest Service and CHP.

Merrill's family is offering a $5,000 reward for any information leading to his discovery and set up a Facebook page to assist in the search effort at https://www.facebook.com/findpaulmerrill.

Anyone who sees Merrill in Redding or Shasta County area is asked to call the Shasta County Sheriff's Office at (530) 245-6025.

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