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Michael William Desmet

On September 2, 2005 the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a missing persons report in regards to the disappearance of Michael William Desmet.  It was reported Desmet was with Joseph Clarence Wilma Jr when the pair left Humboldt County in Wilma’s vehicle.  The pair had a destination of Wilma’s Covelo, California property and they were never heard from again.

On April 5, 2007 the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by a person who had found a human jaw bone on a secluded piece of wilderness land near Wilma’s property.  A search of the area near the jaw bone resulted in the discovery of Wilma’s vehicle and a human femur bone.  A forensic examination of the jaw and femur bone showed them as being Wilma.

Detectives have followed up on several leads and thus far Desmet is still missing under suspicious circumstances.  Detectives have classified Wilma’s death as homicide and believe Desmet is also the victim of homicide despite the recovery of any human remains.

Anyone with information in regards to the possible whereabouts or disappearance of Desmet are asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office Tip-Line by calling 707-234-2100.


  • Age at time of disappearance: 35 years-old
  • Height: 6 feet 1 inch
  • Weight: 200 pounds
  • Hair: Blonde
  • Eye color: Greene
  • MCSO Case#: 07-1069