Missing Santa Rosa man found dead in rural area

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A missing Santa Rosa man described as at risk due to dementia has been found deceased in an unincorporated area of Bennett Valley. 

Lawrence “Larry” Atchison went missing on February 27 this year at around 4:45 p.m. It was reported he walked away from his home at Leafwood Circle. 

Due to dementia, the Santa Rosa Police Department advised that he would be unable to find his way home. The police searched for several weeks along with the help of the Sonoma County Search and Rescue, other volunteer organizations, helicopters, search dogs, Atchison’s family and friends, and community volunteers. 

According to Santa Rosa authorities, the search was conducted through neighborhoods, waterways, parks, and trails.

And on Tuesday, March 28, a woman walking along a rural trail in the 4500 block of Fawn Hollow Lane found a deceased body on the ground. 

Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office arrived and noted the clothing matched Atchison’s. 

Detectives from the Santa Rosa PD Violent Crime Team also went to the scene.

Detectives do not believe there was any foul play involved in Atchison’s death.


Charlene is a Bay Area journalist who hails from the small community of Fresno. Drawing from her experience writing for her college paper, Charlene continues to advocate for free press and local journalism. She also volunteers in all the beach cleanups she can because she loves the water.