Missing Baby Update: Investigators Say Father is ‘Uncooperative, Inconsistent’; $10,000 Reward

Ember Graham's father is a person of interest regarding her disappearance.

Ember Graham has been missing since July 2. Law enforcement has classified her father, Matthew Ryan Graham, as a person of interest in the baby’s disappearance.

Shasta County Sheriff’s Office personnel and other out-of-county law enforcement agencies continue their search for 6 month old Ember Skye Graham, who was reported missing on July 2. This morning, more than 90 law enforcement search and rescue personnel are searching in the areas around Clear Creek Rd., and portions of Cloverdale Rd. in unincorporated Anderson (Happy Valley) and in the south Redding area. Numerous K-9 and ground search teams are scouring the area for any evidence related to the disappearance of Ember Graham.

The search and rescue teams include a total of seven (7) Shasta County and outside county K-9 teams, Shasta County Search and Rescue, Cal OES, Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, Tehama County Sheriff’s Office, Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office, Placer County Sheriff’s Office, Marin County Sheriff’s Office and Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office. In addition to the all of the Sheriff’s Office designated search teams, approximately 60 relatives and friends of Ember Graham have coordinated separately to search in various areas of unincorporated Anderson (Happy Valley) and south Redding.

The Sheriff Office Major Crimes Unit continues to identify Matthew Ryan Graham as a person of interest in the missing infant case. According to Sheriff’s Investigators, Graham has been uncooperative during the investigation as his statements have been inconsistent and has not made any effort to clear his name.

Matthew Graham remains in custody at the Shasta County Jail. He was brought in by Sheriff’s Investigators on July 2 at approximately 8:30 pm. He was arrested for a no-bail felony probation violation after he failed to disclose medication he took, pursuant to his probation terms. Graham’s probation stems from a DUI and Forgery conviction. He has not been charged with any crimes related to the disappearance of Ember Graham.

On Thursday, July 2, at 05:26 am, SHASCOM dispatch received a 911 call from Matthew Graham, who reported that his six month old daughter, Ember Graham was missing from their residence on Noosha Ln. in Anderson (Happy Valley). Matthew Graham informed authorities he last saw his daughter at about 10:30 pm the night before and when he woke up after 5:00 am, his daughter was missing from her crib.

Matthew Graham truck

Matthew Graham’s pickup truck

On Friday, July 3, Sheriff’s Investigators released a photograph of Matthew Graham’s pickup truck and asking the public if anyone has seen the vehicle parked or driving in the Clear Creek Rd area on Wednesday evening, July 1. The vehicle is described as a 1990 dark blue, full-size extra cab, Chevrolet fleet side pickup with flat black paint on the side panels, black rims, no license plates, and a cow bell hanging underneath the front bumper.

Six month old Ember Graham is considered to be missing and at risk due to a seizure disorder. Shasta County Secret Witness has sent out a new reward posting up to $10,000 offered to anyone who could provide information on Ember Graham’s whereabouts or information about what lead to her disappearance. According to family members, the child must be given medications for her condition.

Anyone with information leading to the whereabouts of Ember Graham, please contact Shasta County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit at (530) 245-6135 or Sheriff’s Records at (530) 245-6025. Information can also be sent to the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit email address: mcu@co.shasta.ca.us

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