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Second Disappearance Of Young Woman In Yuba City In Two Weeks

Kelly Ercolini / Courtesy

Kelly Ercolini and daughter Annie McClanahan-Calvert. McClanahan-Calvert was reported missing from a church in the northernmost part of Yuba City April 5th.

Kelly Ercolini / Courtesy

UPDATE 12:15 p.m.: Annie's family says it heard from her Sunday night for the first time since she disappeared last Wednesday. But, despite the phone call, the family is convinced the girl is being held against her will. 

Annie disappeared from the Church of Glad Tidings parking lot in north Yuba City on Wednesday.

Kelly Ercolini is McClanahan’s guardian. Capital Public Radio with her at the church on Sunday morning. She was convinced her daughter had not run away.

"It would be very unlike her to not come and get me if she was going to go somewhere, at least show me some gesture, because she loves me. We have a bond," says Ercolini. "She's the girl that holds my hand at school. She doesn't care what anybody thinks. She loves her mom. She loves her family. She likes her life quite a bit right now."

Sutter County Sheriff's Department.  Undersheriff Jeff Pierce told Capital Public Radio Annie called Ercolini from a payphone Sunday night and the two were "working things out." 

But, Ercolini says only the payphone part of that statement is true.

"I don't want to impede this investigation, so I want to be very careful what we put in [the radio and online story about Annie's disappearance,]" she said.

"It's important that you know things are not all good. The conversation about 'working things out' never happened. She is clearly not in control of her situation," said Ercolini.

Annie has two sets of adoptive parents. Both families are scheduled to meet with the sheriff's department today.

Annie is 5'4 with brown hair and reddish highlights. She has blue eyes, sometimes wears glasses and has a slightly crooked smile. She also answers to the nickname "Sunshine."

The Church of Glad Tidings is about halfway between where Aly Yeoman was last seen March 30th and where her pickup was abandoned in an orchard on the outskirts of Live Oak. Yeoman has not been heard from since.

041017ParkingParking lot of the Church of Glad Tidings where Annie was last seen.

UPDATE: 7:00 a.m.: The Sutter County Sheriff's Department says Annalise McClanahan is alive at an unknown location. The department says she called her guardian last night and they are "working out some things."

By test message, her guardian, Kelly Ercolini, said, "(The family) pray(s) Annie is recognized and brought home safe and unharmed." 

Original: For the second time in two weeks, a young woman has disappeared in Yuba City.

A week after Aly Yeoman's green Tacoma pickup was last seen on a levee road east of Live Oak, 16-year-old Annalise McClanahan-Calvert disappeared from a church parking lot about seven miles away.

Kelly Ercolini is McClanahan’s guardian. She says she and Annie were attending services at the Church of Glad Tidings, when Annie went outside ... and didn't come back. A friend told her she had seen Annie near the pomegranate orchard that is adjacent to the church.

"There has been no contact. Her phone is off. She has not contacted myself or my husband, not any of her family members, not any brothers and sisters, none of her friends, boyfriend," Ercolini says. "No one has heard from her prior to church Wednesday, April 5th."

She says it wasn't uncommon for Annie to cope with stress by walking through the orchard near their home. She says she could tell something was bothering Annie before they went to church.

"I asked her if she was okay," Ercolini says. "She held my hand and gave me that look like, you know, she's had better days."

She says church staff and the Sutter County Sheriff's deputies began searching almost immediately once she couldn't find her daughter.

"They also went driving up and down the roads on the highways, to the left and the right, Live Oak Boulevard, Highway 99, through the orchards, around the church building," says Ercolini. "No one had any luck."

Ercolini says she waited at the church until 4 a.m. Thursday with the hope Annie would return.

Annie is 5'4 with brown hair and reddish highlights. She has blue eyes and a slightly crooked smile. She also answers to the nickname "Sunshine."

Ercolini says, if her daughter was abducted, Annie will do her best to let people know she’s in trouble.

“I would say any young woman that looks like she's not walking around like she should be there, I think people should do a double take and check it out,” Ercolini says.

The Church of Glad Tidings is about seven miles south of where Aly Yeoman’s truck was found. Yeoman is from Gridley. She was reported missing a week and a half ago and was last seen near the Wal-Mart in Yuba City March 30th.

The Sutter County Sheriff’s Department did not return several calls or emails requesting comment.

Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob reports on all things northern California and Nevada. His coverage of police technology, local athletes, and the environment has won a regional Associated Press and several Edward R. Murrow awards.   Read Full Bio 

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