MENDOCINO Co., 2/3/21 — Khadijih Britton was last seen being forced into her ex-boyfriend’s vehicle in Covelo no February 7, 2018, and since then, no one has been arrested or charged in her disappearance, even with a significant reward available, and her story has attracted national concern.
This Friday, on the weekend when family and friends of the missing Covelo woman had planned vigils to commemorate her disappearance, Mendocino County Sheriff Matt Kendall, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation will be holding a live-streamed press conference to provide an update on the investigation.
The event will take place at 11:30 a.m and be broadcast via the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. A vigil has been planned by family and friends of Khadijah to be held at the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office building on Low Gap Road in Ukiah at 3 p.m. on Sunday, February 7, the anniversary of the day she was last seen in 2018. Britton was 23 years old at that time.
Despite multiple searches conducted by MCSO, with assistance from the FBI and other agencies, along with even more searches conducted by family members and friends, protests and vigils, and national media coverage of her case, no charges have been brought in connection to Britton’s disappearance. The primary suspect in Britton’s disappearance, Negie Fallis, has been arrested and convicted of multiple crimes since her disappearance, most recently in June of 2020, and was imprisoned for some years subsequent to her disappearance. However, the charges and convictions were primarily related to Fallis being a felon found in possession of a firearm in circumstances not directly connected to Britton’s disappearance.
Britton’s family and friends have worked for years to highlight that her case remains unsolved, and have spoken about her disappearance at events around the country. Britton’s disappearance has also led to greater public awareness of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s movement, the larger ongoing disparity in unsolved disappearances and homocides of Indigenous people across the country, as well as here in Mendocino County and on the North Coast. Friends and family have also spoken out about other unsolved missing persons cases and the need to reduce domestic violence in the region.
The announcement from MCSO is below.
The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office continues to seek any information related to Britton’s disappearance, and a significant reward is being offered for any information that helps find her: $85,000 for information leading to her, and an additional $25,000 for information leading to a conviction and arrest. Anyone with information about Britton should contact the MCSO tip line at (707) 463- 4086 or the tip line (707) 234-2100, or the anonymous WeTip service at 1-800-78-CRIME. You can read The Mendocino Voice’s complete coverage of Britton’s disappearance and Fallis’ legal proceedings here.
DATE: “February 3, 2021”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Facebook Live Event for Khadijah Britton Investigation
Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Facebook Live
Date of Incident:
Lieutenant Quincy Cromer #2651
Mendocino County Sheriff Matthew Kendall, in corroboration with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), will be hosting a “Facebook Live” announcement on Friday February 5, 2021 at 11:30 A.M.
This virtual event is being held regarding the disappearance of Khadijah Britton of the Round Valley Indian Tribes. Khadijah disappeared 3 years ago in Covelo, CA and the investigation remains active and unsolved. Sheriff Matthew Kendall and Scott Schelble, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of Violent Crime in the San Francisco Division of the FBI, will be present during this virtual livestream event.
Updates to the status of this ongoing investigation will be provided during this live event, hoping to encourage a renewed effort to seek information from the public about this case.
As time permits during this virtual event, the Sheriff’s Office intends on answering questions from the Facebook livestream chat.
Anyone interested in watching this Facebook livestream event can do so by visiting the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page at the following link:
This event is being held in a virtual format to comply with current COVID-19 regulations, local public health orders, and social distancing protocols. Due to these circumstances, members from the public and press will not be able to attend this event in person.
Members of the media can contact the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officers if they have inquiries that are not addressed during the virtual Facebook livestream announcement.
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Lieutenant Quincy Cromer – email@example.com
Captain Gregory L. Van Patten #1184