GUALALA, Mendocino County (CBS SF) – Sheriff’s deputies have launched a search and rescue operation for a woman who disappeared along the Mendocino County coast.

According to the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, 69-year-old Kerry Bonanno disappeared from her home on the 37000 block of Old Stage Road in Gualala sometime after 4 p.m. Deputies said Bonanno became despondent and had called a family or friend, telling them she was walking away from her home and into the woods.

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Family and community members, along with the South Coast Fire Department and deputies, searched the area into the night, but have not been able to find Bonanno.

Kerry Bonanno disappeared from her home in Gualala on December 30, 2020. (Mendocino County Sheriff's Office)

Kerry Bonanno disappeared from her home in Gualala on December 30, 2020. (Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office)

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Additional search resources, including a bloodhound, were being deployed to the area Thursday morning, deputies said. As of Thursday afternoon, sheriff’s deputies said Thursday’s search efforts were unsuccessful and that search and rescue resources will continue looking for Bonanno in the area on New Year’s Day.

Bonanno is described as standing 5-foot-6, weighing 130 pounds, with blonde hair and blue eyes. It is not known what Bonanno was wearing when she walked away from her home.

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Anyone with information about Bonanno’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office at 707-463-4086.