Sacto 9-1-1
February 8, 2013
Family asks help locating Arden Arcade man who disappeared in Sonoma County

jason Kyles 3 (2).jpgA Sacramento-area family is asking the public's help in locating a 34-year-old man who went missing Saturday in Annadel State Park in Sonoma County.

Rebecca Kyles said she believes her husband, Jason Kyles, suffered some type of emotional breakdown. She last saw him the morning of Feb. 1 when she left their Arden Arcade home to go to work. Jason Kyles, a landscape contractor, had planned to stay home that day, but his wife returned home about 6 p.m. to find a note from him saying he was going to New York.

Rebecca Kyles said her husband had had difficulty sleeping for several days before his disappearance.

Saturday morning, she received a call from the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department saying that Jason Kyle's vehicle had been abandoned on private property near the park.

According to a Sheriff's Department news release, a homeowner called 911 about 8:56 a.m. Saturday to report that a man driving a vehicle had followed her through a private gate onto private property. The man spoke briefly to the resident, then walked to the area of Annadel State Park. The resident reported that the man's speech was normal, but he was not making any sense.

About 5 p.m. Saturday, a mountain biker in the park reported encountering a naked man on a trail who matched the description of Jason Kyles. By the time searchers and family members reached the site, however, he was gone, Rebecca Kyles said.

Dogs assisting in the search picked up his scent and footprints were found around a lake, but a possible sighting also was reported on Lakeville Road, heading toward Petaluma, Rebecca Kyles said.

Sheriff's deputies and the Sonoma County Search and Rescue Team, along with teams from Marin, Alameda and Contra Costa counties, and state and county parks personnel spent six days conducting air and ground searches.

The Sheriff's Department announced Thursday afternoon that it was suspending the search after exhausting all leads, although Rebecca Kyles said a search of the lake is tentatively planned this weekend.

"They did a fantastic job," she said of the searchers.

She understands why the formal search was suspended, but she said the family can't give up. She asks anyone who may have seen her husband, or who would like to join in a continued search to call (916) 340-5242, or email

Jason Kyles, a graduate of Del Campo High School in Fair Oaks, is described as 6 feet 6 inches tall, weighing 185 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.

Anyone who sees him is asked to call 911, or the local law enforcement agency.

Photo courtesy Rebecca Kyles

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