Justice for David V. Neily: Demand an independent inquiry into the police investigation.
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This petition will be delivered to:

State of California Department of Justice, Attorney General
Kamala D. Harris
Santa Rosa Office, 3725 Westwind Boulevard Suite 202, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
FBI-San Francisco Division
The Mendocino County District Attorney's Office, District Attorney
C. David Eyster
The Mendocino County District Attorney's Office, Deputy District Attorney
Katherine Houston
State of California Department of Justice, Missing Persons
Missing Persons
Sen. Dianne Feinstein
Sen. Barbara Boxer
Gov. Jerry Brown

Justice for David V. Neily: Demand an independent inquiry into the police investigation.

    1. Lisa H
    2. Petition by

      Lisa H

      Pueblo West, CO

David V. Neily went missing April 2006 from Westport, CA under mysterious circumstances.


Our family wants to know what happened, we want justice & we want closure! The following is an article on Huffington Post Crime written by David Lohr, Nov 2013, Donald Cavanaugh And David Neily: Two Missing Men, Two Unsolved Mysteries

We would like the following questions to be answered in regards to our Dad's case:

---We would like Sheriff Allman to actively work this case by following up on leads, updating the family in a timely manner.

---We want James DeNoyer to give a full account of what went on with his Uncle JC who went missing in 2005 & our Dad who went missing in 2006. He is the person of interest in both cases. Both missing men had been warned "not to go back to DeNoyer's property" but they both went anyway to retrieve their personal possessions and were never to be seen again.

---When the police went to DeNoyers property upon a missing person's report being filed, they found my Dad's two vehicles, his wallet and eyeglasses, but no sign of my Dad. My Dad's dog Justice was discovered on the property, also. Dad would not have left his dog. They did find personal belongings of Donald Cavanaugh also.

---Dad's two cars were found on DeNoyer's Westport property and were released to my two half brothers without being processed for 'clues', and we never received an inventory list of any items that may have been in the vehicles. The vehicles were later found abandoned at a camp ground. I would like to know where Dad's belongings are and be given an inventory list as was requested from the Sheriff's Office in 2006.

---Cadaver dogs searched DeNoyer's property (as I was told by the Sheriffs) but were they trained to detect a burned body or just decompasition? Where is the paperwork to show this actually happened?

---Was the thousands of BLM land that is up against DeNoyer's 20 acres also searched?

---A more thorough search of Denoyer's property was warranted due to increased endangerment because of Dad's mental impairment. According to PC 14213(b) he should have been considered at risk which requires special attention.

There are / were a total of 13 people who lived in this area called the Canyon. Who all were interviewed?

In only a course of a year, James DeNoyer became connected to the disappearance of two men (at different intervals) and indicted for thirty-six felony counts of cruelty to animals. The suspicious timeline of events and an active legal proceeding should have warranted closer scrutiny of my Dad's case and a diligent investigation following his disappearance.

I have made countless attempts to the Detectives that are to be handling this case. I have contacted everyone from the California Attorney Generals Office to the District Attorney to the Professional Standards Bureau in Mendocino County as well as Sheriff Allman himself. Occasionally I will receive an e-mail reply from a Detective that gives excuses for the lack of progress on my Dad's case, citing they are too busy and understaffed, therefore unable to devote any time to an investigation, nothing else.

Because of this I connected the Sheriffs with The American Investigative Society of Cold Cases. According to AISOCC, "We finished our review [around Nov 8th, 2013] of your father's case and sent the report to the investigator". I still have not heard anything from LE considering all my followup attempts. The last contact from Mendocino County Sheriffs was in Aug, 2013.

The following link is an article written about my Dad’s case: Daughter Frustrated with Police Over Missing Father from Examiner.com by Jerrie Dean to our Dad's story. Jerrie requests her story not be copied and pasted but that the link be included.

David V. Neily is/was a 71 year old man and bi-polar, but also a father, husband of 12 years, a grandfather, friend and a productive member of society before he became ill. But most importantly, A HUMAN BEING. He deserves much more consideration than he is getting.

We have spent the last 7 years searching for our Dad. I know my dad is gone but our family wants to know what happened, we want justice & we want closure!

<3 PEACE & HOPE, Lisa - daughter of David

Recent signatures


    1. A Daughter's Dedication Video

      Lisa H
      by Lisa H
      Petition Organizer

      I created this video in hopes of reaching out to the public about our dad.

      It's very difficult to get media coverage so on our own we hope this video connects to a broader audience about our dad's story. Please feel free to share. Thank You!

      <3 PEACE & HOPE, Lisa - daughter of David

      Missing Since 2006: David V. Neily

      A DAUGHTER'S DEDICATION Someone knows something. People just don't disappear. Our dad, David V. Neily (Case #06-1611) went missing in 2006 from Westport, CA. He deserves to be found & our family will not give up. This is dedicated to you dad. Love, Peace & Hope Always, your daughter, Lisa.

    2. Missing Persons: Connected Cases Invoke Family's Supicions

      Lisa H
      by Lisa H
      Petition Organizer

      The story was uploaded online 02.10.14, after my request. It was printed on 12.05.13 as the second in a two-part series.

      "The families find it suspicious that the two men went missing 11 months apart, that they knew each other and that their vehicles were both found on private property in Westport."

      Fort Bragg Advocate News

      Missing persons: Connected cases invoke family's suspicions

      By Tony Reed / Staff Writer Updated: 02/10/2014 03:04:27 PM PST (Editor's note: This story was published in the newspaper on Dec. 5, 2013, and is the second in a two-part series on missing persons. Part 1 was published Oct. 31, 2013.)

    3. BIG NEWS: David Lohr of HuffPost Crime wrote the following article...

      Lisa H
      by Lisa H
      Petition Organizer
      Vanished: Two Missing Men, Two Unsolved Mysteries

      The families of Donald "JC" Cavanaugh and David Neily have forged an unlikely bond since their loved ones vanished nearly a decade ago. Similarities between the two cases are undeniable, and the men's families believe the solution to one case could help unravel the other mystery.

    4. Email to Sheriff Allman & three others on Oct 30, 2013

      Lisa H
      by Lisa H
      Petition Organizer

      I have no news. But I would like to share an email I sent to Sheriff Allman of the Mendocino County Sheriff's Dept & three others in his dept. I have not received a reply of any kind.

      Could not copy and paste email. Too many characters. Here is the link to the actual email sent: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.605485306177757.1073741833.466367596756196&type=1&l=39a8c9afdb

    5. Reached 250 signatures
    6. Email from Office of Gov. Brown...What do I do now?

      Lisa H
      by Lisa H
      Petition Organizer

      I received the following email from the office of Governor Jerry Brown on 07.26.13. Not sure if it's because of this petition or from the web form I had filled out.

      Thank you for sharing your concerns with Governor Brown regarding this important issue. Government works best when people actively participate by voicing their opinions to their elected officials who represent them.

      The decision-making authority for the matter you describe rests entirely with the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors and the Mendocino County Grand Jury. Governor Brown values your perspective, and he is committed to honoring the role and responsibility of these locally-elected officials.

      We encourage you to continue working with your local representatives to see that your concerns are properly addressed.

      Sincerely, Constituent Affairs,Office of Governor Jerry Brown
      Grand Jury in letter on 11.10.08 ..."has no jurisdiction to consider complaints about the Courts or criminal matters."...WHAT DO I DO?

    7. 118 supporters as of 06.16.13!

      Lisa H
      by Lisa H
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you all so much for caring! And if you haven't already please mention below your reasons for signing. Also please continue to spread the word as much as possible. Our family needs all the help we can get. Thanks
      <3 PEACE & HOPE, Lisa - daughter of David

    8. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • michelle Shoplas BROOKFIELD, WI
      • about 1 month ago

      michelle shoplas

    • Karon Stewart COLLEGE STATION, TX
      • about 1 month ago

      due process and due innocence, as well=aswhether or not who to put away for a horrifid

    • suzie adviento CLEARWATER, FL
      • 3 months ago

      I can not believe that the State of California hasn't done more investigation into the disappearance of these two men. Both were associated with the horse farm owned by DeNoyer. DeNoyer was cited for animal cruelty and numerous animals were confiscated as a result. Both these men were whistle blowers regarding the horrific conditions of the animals. Then they both just vanish? It's obvious as the sunrise that there's foul play going on here. Their bodies are likely buried right there on the DeNoyer land. Which corrupt person has he paid off to avoid a proper investigation? It's glaringly obvious that there's something fishy about this whole situation.

    • peggy holley COMSTOCK, TX
      • 4 months ago

      Everyone has a right to know what has happened to their loved ones.

    • stephen hodanish PUEBLO WEST, CO
      • 9 months ago

      This is my father-in-law.


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