Reward increases to $10,000 for information on Christen Danae Pelletier

According to Lassen Crime Stoppers, the reward for information on the location of Christen Danae Pelletier, 50, has increased to $10,000 due to a community contribution. The reward offer expires July 13, 2024, and the reward must be claimed by Aug. 13. 2024.

The Susanville Police Department requests any information regarding her whereabouts or possible sightings be reported to the Crime Stoppers tip line (530) 502-TIPS.

Information on Christen Danae Pelletier’s disappearance
Lassen News began seeking information on the disappearance of Pelletier after a concerned friend and reader contacted us Feb. 6, 2023, asking us to report her as a missing person. We asked questions and broke the story. Here’s what we learned from our exclusive interviews.

The Susanville Police Department made a traffic stop on a vehicle Pelletier was driving about 8 p.m. Oct. 20, 2022. Pelletier allegedly was driving on a suspended driver’s license and without insurance. SPD officers cited her for four or five violations and impounded the vehicle.

A few hours later, about 4:30 a.m. Oct. 21, 2022, Pelletier made a 911 call from Highway 139, but her phone disconnected before dispatch was able to determine her location. SPD officers patrolled Highway 139 as far as the city limits near the college but were unable to locate the caller.

Then about 8 a.m. Oct. 21, 2022, a motorist called 911 to report a person walking along Highway 139. The California Highway Patrol responded and contacted Pelletier near the intersection of Highway 139 and Merriville Road about 9 a.m. At her request, the CHP gave her a ride to the intersection of Highway 139 and Hagata Road. According to the SPD, the CHP identified her and knew about the 911 call she had made earlier that morning, but she didn’t appear to be in any danger or distress and asked them for a ride.

The Lassen County Sheriff’s Office assisted in attempts to locate Pelletier by contacting residents on Hagata Road and utilizing a CHP helicopter from Redding. Those attempts were unsuccessful.

Missing person
Pelletier’s father filed a missing person’s report Jan. 10, 2023, with the SPD. He indicated he had not heard from his daughter for a couple of months, which was unusual. Her name was entered into the Missing and Unidentified Persons System and attempts to contact the individuals her father thought she might be staying with proved unsuccessful.

On Jan. 11, 2023, her information was posted on the NamUs.gov missing person’s webpage to assist in generating leads to locate her. As a result of her profile being posted, numerous tips came in. Officers followed up on all tips; however, the officers had no success locating her.

The SPD did not issue a missing person’s statement to the media when she was reported missing in January because there was no evidence of foul play, and they believed she was missing voluntarily. According to the SPD, the investigation revealed numerous residences in Susanville, Westwood and Lassen County, including a report that she had been camping in her vehicle along Highway 139. The SPD believed she was a transient.

Personal information
Pelletier was born March 18, 1973, and is 5′ 9″ inches tall, has a slender build and weighs 140 pounds. Her eyes are green and her hair is blonde and in dreadlocks. She was last seen along Highway 139 near the Willow Creek area.

The SPD requests any information regarding her whereabouts or possible sightings be reported to the Crime Stoppers tip line (530) 502-TIPS.