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The body of 22 year old Humboldt State University student Erin Henry was found south of Westhaven on this morning, according to Arcata Police Chief Tom Chapman. Highway 101 near Elephant Rock located just south of the Westhaven Drive exit, Chapman said. The evidence so far suggests that Henry, missing since Nov. 25, had either fallen or jumped from Elephant Rock, near the northbound lanes of the highway, Chapman said.
The preliminary results of the investigation suggest Henry death occurred shortly after the time of her disappearance and that she was alone at the time of death, Chapman said.
He said he has spoken with several of Henry family members, several of whom arrived in Arcata this week to aid in the search efforts.
heart goes out for the loss that they have experienced. It tough, Chapman said to the Times Standard, pausing with a sigh. is absolutely heartbreaking. Times Standard reached out to Henry older brother Ian Henry, but did not receive a response.
Erin Henry was majoring in theater arts and minoring in social justice at Humboldt State University, according to her family. She was finishing her final credits and was set to graduate this month, according to HSU Theater Director Rae Robison in a previous interview with the Times Standard.
Robison said to the Times Standard that Henry fellow theater classmates, staff, school administrators and grief counselors were gathered at the university to support one another after hearing the news.
we doing is encouraging our students to reach out if they are feeling grief or incredible sadness or just need someone, she said. love them. We want them to be with us. This is just so hard. It like losing one of your own kids. They all our kids. They really hurting right now.
had finished her capstone project and her play was being read and finalized, Robison said. is just one of those students that went above and beyond what was asked of her and just an incredibly caring human being who is going to be sorely missed by everybody that ever met her. university released a statement: want to express our deepest sympathies to her family, friends, colleagues, and the faculty and staff who knew her. We ask you to keep her loved ones in your thoughts and comfort each other during this time. 11px;
Henry broken ankle at the time of her disappearance was caused by a previous accident, according to Arcata Police Officer Richard Bergstresser. Investigators located Henry body after a Caltrans worker on this morning found a knee scooter along the side of Highway 101, which Henry had been using to get around.
Henry was last seen by her roommates around midnight between Nov. 25 and Nov. 26 at their apartment on the 100 block of Samoa Boulevard, according to the APD. Her phone, wallet and car were found at her residence. Henry older brother told the Times Standard on Wednesday that she had been upset on the night of her disappearance, but did not know why.
Henry was reported missing on Nov. 30.
report came from a roommate, and conflicting busy college schedules meant her absence wasn noted for a while, Bergstresser wrote in an email to the Times Standard on Thursday evening.
Chapman said investigators are now working to determine how Henry was able to travel to Elephant Rock, which is located about 13 miles away. Chapman said that distance would be a considerable distance to walk, even for a person who was uninjured.
Chapman said there is also no indication that Henry was struck by a vehicle. Henry body was found just far enough from the highway that she could not have been seen by a passing driver or person walking on the highway, Chapman said.
Community members circulated flyers to local businesses in the hopes of finding more information about Henry whereabouts. Community members and businesses also worked to provide resources for Henry family after they arrived.
dual competing feelings. When tragedy strikes, the community pulls together, Chapman said. at the same time there is tragedy and that not lost on anybody. Houston can be reached at 707 441 0504.