Child And Father Missing

Thursday, June 27, 2013

APD Press Release

On Monday, June 17, 2013, the Arcata Police Department received a report of an overdue child. The child, three-year-old Zion Merritt, had been visiting for the day with his non-custodial father, 29-year-old Ramin Ahadi.

Merritt’s mother became concerned when Ahadi did not return with their child and he did not respond to phone calls.

Since that time Ahadi has not contacted the child’s mother and his whereabouts are unknown.

Investigators were assigned to the case and it is their belief Ahadi is intentionally concealing the child from his mother. It is further believed Ahadi may have left the state and could possibly be on his way to either Montana or Oregon.

Ahadi is described as an Indian male adult 6 feet 1 inch, thin build with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last known to drive a gold 1998 Saturn station wagon with a California plate of 5DDJ221.

Zion Merritt is described as a white male juvenile, 3 feet tall, weighing 40lbs with brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on Ahadi’s whereabouts are asked to call the Arcata Police Department at (707)822-2428.