Tony Reed
Del Norte Triplicate

Sheriff’s investigators are continuing to follow leads on a suspected homicide and missing persons case that originated in Smith River.

The family of Steve Myers, who was found dead on the ocean shore near the Smith River in January, say that despite offering a $10,000 reward for information, no information has come to light.

Relative Nancy Steele said Tuesday that the family doubled the reward to $20,000 but “nothing concrete” has come of it. She said the family is considering hiring a private detective.

Del Norte County Sheriff’s Cmdr. Bill Steven said although the reward generated workable leads, “It’s nothing that cracked the case.”

Steele said the family has been paying to continue the phone plan on Myer’s cell phone, which was missing at the time of his discovery, in hopes it could be located by pinging it.

She said another family member has been trying to set up a meeting with the sheriff, but has had no luck.

Myers’ cause of death was determined to be from a bullet wound to the head. Authorities later disclosed they were investigating it as a homicide.

Steven said detectives are following every lead that has been generated by the reward offer and other sources.

Missing still

Max Greenfield went missing in March 2018, and was last seen at the Lucky 7 Casino in Smith River recorded on video talking to another person.

The two disappeared out of range in the footage. Authorities said at the time that the other subject had been interviewed and released.

The Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office began treating Greenfield’s disappearance as a homicide in July 2018.

Greenfield is described as a white adult male, about 6 feet tall and weighing about 160 pounds, with brown hair, blue eyes and a skeleton key tattoo on his left forearm. He was last seen wearing black jeans, a dark colored T-shirt, a black jacket and a black beanie and was carrying a duffel bag.

“There have been a significant amount of locations searched, based on leads and information and with search warrants,” Steven said about the Greenfield investigation.

“Both (cases) have been assigned to investigators and a tremendous amount of time has been dedicated to both of them,” Steven said. “It’s not like they have been forgotten. There is a lot of work being done.”

Steven noted the department has a small investigations unit whose investigators also serve as patrol officers.

“We’re still following every single lead,” he said, adding that despite their best efforts, no arrests or discoveries have been made.

On the Greenfield case, detectives are continuing to work with authorities in Curry County.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-464-4191.

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