The opening line of the May 11 airing of Crime Watch Daily is daunting as Chris Hansen’s narration leads with “a beer run to the local 7-11 is considered to be the last trip of Will Cierzan’s life!”
On January 26, 2017, after preparing a chicken dinner for his wife, Will vanished. Now, after 15 weeks of investigation and searching, law enforcement officials have finally come out and stated what we here at FMP have suspected all along: this missing person’s case is really a homicide investigation. To get right to the point, when asked if Will was ‘yanked out of the house’, Detective Ralph Hernandez of the LA County Sheriff’s Department plainly stated that “He (Will) didn’t go on his own free will.” And at the center of the investigation is none other than Will’s nephew Daniel Jacob Cierzen, a young man Will had a close bond with, and who was very important to Will.
Will took the 21 year old high school dropout under his wing and loved him like the son he never had. Will’s sister Andrea Peck describes Danny as a troubled young man who got involved with gang activity and drugs after dropping out of school. He even already has two drug related arrests in his young history. Peck stated that in early January Will had raised concerns that Danny had become distant, and intended to get to the bottom of it. That along with suspicions that Danny might have been pilfering money and gifts cards from Will’s home may have cost him his life. While Peck doesn’t want to believe that, based on the evidence at hand she’s realizing that’s the most likely scenario.
That fateful day, Will had invited Danny over to watch golf with him, an event Will was excited about because it meant the return of Tiger Woods to the PGA. Video surveillance from the neighbor’s camera shows the two leaving the house together some time around noon, where 7-11 cameras caught Will on tape smiling while making a beer run. Shortly after they are again seen returning to the home. And that’s the last time Will is seen.
Will called his wife of 28 years, Linda, later that afternoon. She said Will sounded happy and upbeat during that call. So when she arrived home at 7:00 pm to find dinner cooked and Will’s wallet, money, credit cards, keys, cell phone, and two family dogs still in the house, she became alarmed and called Danny right away. He told her he had left at 1:30 pm that day and didn’t know where Will went. Confused and scared, later that night Linda filed a missing person’s report.
The next day when Will still hadn’t come home, Linda went to the neighbor’s house across the street to review their camera footage. And that’s when she discovered Danny had lied and had been at their home all afternoon. More concerning, he was then spotted quickly backing into the Cierzan driveway at 5:06 pm, staying briefly, then leaving hurriedly again at 5:12 pm. Her heart sank and she knew she needed to call police.
Peck is certain the white SUV seen in surveillance video belongs to Danny, a vehicle she helped her nephew get since he does not have any money. When investigators returned to the house, they found apparent blood stains in the home, blood they now confirmed belongs to Will. Even worse, they verified that Will’s blood was also found at a source outside of the home indicating an assault occurred, but declined to provide that location. That white SUV was also searched by law enforcement, but they have declined to comment on what, if anything was found during the search.
Peck has come forward and stated she believes her nephew as well as his father, her and Will’s youngest brother Chuck, knows what happened to Will but have withheld that information from family. Peck has not seen or heard from Chuck nor Danny since two days after Will disappeared, and they refuse to answer any questions. They have both given statements to the police. Danny lied saying he left at 1:30 pm, and Chuck lied when he stated Danny had returned home by 4:00 pm.
In the video, a close up of a file shows the status of the case:
C: SUSP. CIRCS. P/245(a)(1) PC
M/P: CIERZAN, WILLIAM MW58
Of great concern is the indication that Will is missing under suspicious circumstances, and that Will was struck with a blunt object or cut with a knife. We looked this up. C is Code for the type of charge: Penal Code 245(a)(1) – assault with a deadly weapon or instrument other than a firearm.
Just days after Mike Lizarraga’s May 6, 2017 controversial and contradictory interview with the KCRA was released to the public, and angler fishing the banks of the Feather River near Pennington Road found a partially submerged dead body.
On May 9, The Sutter County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the body found is Aly Yeoman.
As of 4/25/17, the GoFundMe created for finding Alycia Leane Yeoman had raised a remarkable $11,700. The FBI previously offered $5,000 for anyone providing information that leads to the location of Aly. An additional $500 has been donated by the owners of J’s Party Rentals & Decor and the California Moving Services in Roseville, CA. Now, an undisclosed source along with family members have offered funds that bring the reward up to $55,500. More information is available on the Find Alycia Yeoman Facebook page.
The Sutter County Sheriff’s Office asks the public to share videos, photos, or surveillance footage taken between 9:00 p.m. March 30 – 2:00 a.m. March 31 around the Butte House Rd. area and north to the Butte County line. Information can be called in to SCSO at 530-822-7307 or the FBI tip line at 800-225-5324.
Alycia “Aly” Yeoman of Gridley, CA, has been missing since March 30, 2017 at 11:00 p.m. Her last known confirmed personal contact with family was at 7:51 p.m., and last seen later that evening. The 20 year old is 5’4″, 115 lbs. and has brownish-blond hair. She also wears braces, a nose ring and has a small mole near her left eye. Her date of birth is 9/30/1996. The FBI has announced a now $20,000 reward for any information leading to Alycia’s safe return. All leads will be taken seriously. If you have any information on Alycia’s case, please contact the Sutter County Sheriff’s Department at 530-822-7307.
Earlier that March 30 evening around 6:00 p.m., Alycia and Mike Lizarraga, a 37 year old male friend and owner of his own cement company and a music artist, were reported to have visited the Taste of India in Yuba City. The waitress who served them said Mike is a frequent customer. It was reported that Alycia met with Mike because she had a lot on her mind and needed to talk to someone. It was reported that she then brought a bottle of wine to his home, and stayed until about 11:00 p.m. According to Lizarraga, also at the home that evening were Mike’s young daughter and his son who is around Alycia’s age, and a young couple (one of Mike’s workers). Alycia was reported as last seen driving her 1998 green Toyota Tacoma away alone from Mike’s 5-bedroom Yuba City residence at 1844 Romero St. that night around 11:00 p.m., a home that she visited regularly. Lizarraga claims she said she would be taking the back roads home. Mike’s father spoke on behalf of his son because Mike is now traveling on a radio tour promoting his music. The elder Lizarraga stated to media that the night Alycia disappeared, Mike tried to get Alycia to not drive since she had been drinking, offering to allow her to sleep on the couch, but that she chose to leave anyway. Mike determined she was fine then walked her out to her car. Others say she left “upset”. The residents said she turned west onto Butte House Rd. after she left the Mike’s home. Mike has been in contact with law enforcement and Alycia’s family.
Alycia is a busy Yuba College student who also works two jobs – Starbucks and McDonalds. Alycia’s coworkers Christa Mills and Olivia Flores said Alycia uncharacteristically missed her early morning shift on March 31 at her McDonalds job, plus another shift. She was reported missing by her father, Daniel Yeoman, on April 1 at 11:15 a.m..
After she was reported missing, law enforcement contacted Sprint to trace her cell phone, which is now going straight to voice mail. A ping from April 2 at 4:33 a.m. placed the phone at an empty field across the street from Walmart, east of Oro Ranch Rd., west of Harter Parkway, and south of Butte House Rd. The GPS coordinates are about 200 yards away from the home she was seen leaving. Family and friends immediately searched the field and surrounding area, but did not locate her phone.
On April 2 the CHP did a flyover search of the area.
On April 3 the Butte County Sheriff’s Department conducted a second flyover. Later that day, a Press Release was distributed by the Gridley-Biggs Police Department, updated April 4. A second Press Release was distributed at 5:00 p.m.
Farm workers, Ramirez and his father from Live Oak, contacted law enforcement on April 3 to report on a small truck they had seen stuck in the mud of their orchard near Pennington Road and hadn’t moved for several days. Around 5:00 p.m., law enforcement identified the truck as Alycia’s.
Courtesy of KCRA’s Tom Miller, surveillance video from local residents on Cooley Rd. captured Alicia’s truck passing their home at high speed at 10:54 p.m. the evening of March 30. Another surveillance video facing South East near the Live Oak orchard captured Alycia’s truck quickly approaching the levee road around 10:55 p.m. on March 30. It shows the driver pausing at the top of the road to release what appears to be a puff of smoke out of the driver’s side window. The truck then turns right at the top of the levee road and heads south bound, signaling with the blinker before going around a gate and driving on top of the levee along the orchard. Once the truck is out of sight, a flashing light appears to the left in the video, which could merely be another moving vehicle far off in the distance. It appeared that the truck had gone down the side of the levee and into the orchard where it became stuck in the mud at the bottom of the levee.
It also appeared as if someone had climbed in and out of the cab multiple times. A single set of footprints was reported to be “walking away” in an easterly direction from the truck. The Department of Justice is investigating the circumstances surrounding the truck. Casts were created to preserve the size, shape and stride of the footprints that lead away from the truck.
Beginning at 10:00 a.m., the Sutter County Sheriff’s Department headed a thorough search of the area near Pennington Road, while multiple other law enforcement departments searched the Live Oak Recreation area between the levee and the Feather River. They did not locate Alycia nor her phone.
Later that evening on April 3 however, a cell phone was randomly located in the brush off Pennington Road by a Live Oak resident, in the general area the truck was found. The citizen said the battery was dead so they couldn’t determine who it belonged to, so notified law enforcement. Law enforcement instructed the citizen to deliver the phone to a local cell phone carrier in Yuba City, who was able to trace the phone to Alycia.
On April 4, search teams with Sutter County Sheriff’s Office and the Office of Emergency Services Canine Search brought dogs to search the areas of the orchard, Pennington Road, and Live Oak. Searches of the area were conducted through April 6.
Out of the blue on April 4, rumor spread quickly that ransom demands were being sent to Alycia’s mother, Paula Ede, through an online source that used multiple IP addresses to camouflage location, stating Alycia had been kidnapped. This triggered the FBI to now also be involved in the case and the search for Alycia.
On April 5, a search warrant was served on the home Alycia was last known to be in, just before 11:30 p.m. Per reports from neighbors who heard the ruckus, first they were banging on the door, then they started yelling “Police, this is the police. We need to do an entry.” After repeating that 3-4 times, they finally got an answer.
April 7, seven different law enforcement agencies including the FBI, and Alycia’s parents and other family members held a Press Conference and briefed the media on Alycia’s disappearance. They said the messages sent to “family members” were being looked into but did not provide more any information on the matter. Separately, the Gridley-Biggs Police Department denied that any ransom demands were made to Alycia’s mother.
Randomly, Alycia’s ex-boyfriend Leo Almonte injected himself into the case and has talked with media against the request of law enforcement. Leo said about Alycia “She just does what she wants to do, and uh, she’s free-spirited, yeah”. He went on to speculate that this attitude might explain why her truck was out by the park and Feather River and why no one knew she was there. He claims she kept plans to herself and avoided main roads because they were patrolled by police. Leo claims he and Alycia last spoke on March 29 and were going to publicly announce the rekindling of their relationship. Regarding the friendship she had with Mike Lizarraga, Leo told media that “she pours out her feelings on me like what’s in her mind…her stresses and stuff like that. And maybe she just wanted, maybe she went over there [to Mike’s] to walk and clear her head and from there … I don’t know what happened. That’s what we’re trying to find out,” he said. He went on to say “the only thing we can hope for us is that they unlock the phone, and find out if maybe she was trying to text somebody for help.”
Contrary to reports that he stated he and Alycia were getting back together, Leo also told the media he is “a close friend” who helped search alongside investigators as they combed through the area on April 4.
Mr. Paul’s Liquor Store has visible outdoor cameras. I hope law enforcement is checking that and other businesses and homes in the area to see if any other footage was captured that might help determine the fate of Alycia.
03/30/17 6:00 pm Seen having dinner with Mike Lizarraga
03/30/17 11:00 pm Left 1844 Romero St. home
03/31/17 Missed morning shift at McDonalds
03/31/17 Farm workers noticed a truck in orchard
04/01/17 11:15 am Reported missing by her father
04/02/17 4:33 am Phone ping traced to Romero St/Walmart
04/02/17 Police did flyover of area where phone pinged
04/03/17 Police did second flyover
04/03/17 Police distributed press release
04/03/17 Farm workers reported truck stuck in orchard for several days
04/03/17 Police announce truck identified as Alycia’s
04/03/17 Later that evening, phone found near the truck
04/04/17 Police and search dogs search orchard, park and river areas for several days
04/04/17 Leo Almonte injects himself into case, helps in search
04/04/04 5:00 pm Police distributed second press release
04/04/17 Ransom demands go to Alycia’s mother
04/05/17 Surveillance video shows Alycia’s truck on levee on 3/30/17 at 10:54 pm.
04/05/17 11:00 pm Search warrant served on Romero St. home
04/07/17 Police and family hold press conference