According to a statement from family friend Chris Maudru, the body was discovered near the border of Sonoma and Mendocino County.
Pease’s body did not show any signs of trauma and is believed to have been in the ocean for more than a few days off the Northern California coast.
Recreational divers discovered the body in the ocean at approximately 12:30 p.m. Saturday, near mile-marker 3.89 along Highway 1, in Gualala,
Mendicino County Sheriff’s responded to the area along with the South Coast Volunteer Fire Department, the California Highway Patrol and a California Department of Fish and Wildlife warden. Due to the steep cliffs, a Sonoma County Sheriff’s helicopter was called in and was able to airlift the remains to an open field.
No other details were available regarding his death.
Maudru said, “These last couple weeks have been very challenging for everyone involved in Steve’s disappearance with the uncertainty that surrounded us. We ask that in the spirit of these holidays, that you take care of one another, be gentle and be kind and compassionate.”
Pease, the co-owner of Sammy’s Rockin’ Island Bar and Grill in Roseville last contacted his family on Oct. 28 by cellphone and he was last seen Nov. 2 at the Surf and Sand Lodge in Fort Bragg in Northern California, a four hour drive from the Roseville area.
Soon after his disappearance, a sign was posted on restaurant doors stating the bar and restaurant was temporarily closed “due to unforeseen events,” and “we’re looking forward to serving the community again soon.”
Maudru and his wife, local radio personality Kat Maudru, started distributing missing persons posters and helped organize search parties along the Mendocino coast in hopes of locating Pease.
Pease had rented a 2014 silver Chevy Captiva with Oregon license plate number 500GKN and was scheduled to return the vehicle on Nov. 5. According to Kat, a judge provided the go ahead to track the rented vehicle’s On-Star system, but no signal has been received.
At the time police in Fort Bragg and Roseville both confirmed that a missing-persons case has been opened, but neither had discovered any evidence of foul play.
Since his disappearance, rumors were being spread of the mishandling of funds for the restaurant. The CelebrityExaminer did talk to a family friend who confirmed that Pease’s signature was required to dispense funds, forcing Sammy’s to close its doors when he went missing.
The disappearance of one of the co-owner’s of Sammy’s Rockin’ Island Bar and Grill in Roseville was spotlighted after the abrupt closure of the restaurant on Sunday.
Without warning, a sign was posted on restaurant doors stating the bar and restaurant was temporarily closed “due to unforeseen events,” and “we’re looking forward to serving the community again soon.” That was when it was discovered that co-owner Stephen Pease was reported missing late last month.
Local radio personality, Kat Maudru and her husband Chris are distributing a missing persons poster in hopes of locating Pease.
According to the poster, Steve Pease last contacted his family on Oct. 28 by cellphone and he was last seen Nov. 2 at the Surf and Sand Lodge in Fort Bragg in Northern California, a four hour drive from the Roseville area.
Pease had rented a 2014 silver Chevy Captiva with Oregon license plate number 500GKN and was scheduled to return the vehicle on Nov. 5. According to Maudru, a judge provided the go ahead to track the rented vehicle’s On-Star system, but no signal has been received.
Police in Fort Bragg and Roseville have both confirmed that a missing-persons case has been opened, but neither has discovered any evidence of foul play.
Maudru told KCRA, “We’re very concerned. This is not like Steve to do something like this.”
In the meantime, employees of the restaurant are still waiting for what now looks like their final paycheck. The checks were to be paid out last Thursday.
Innova Restaurant Concepts, LLC, opened the 10,000 square-foot restaurant in September 2012 as part of Roseville’s revitalization project. Considered a success, Pease and partner John Yip started construction on Sammy’s Beach Bar & Grill at the Roseville Galleria.
Sammy Hagar, the former lead singer of Van Halen and known as the Red Rocker, licensed his name to be used for the restaurants but is not an owner.
Pease worked closely with the Roseville Community Development Corporation, a private non-profit association, which was established in 2010 by the Roseville City Council with an initial $5 million loan.
Kevin Payne, assistant director of economic development for the city of Roseville and vice president of operations for the RCDC told the Press Tribune last year that $80 million in redevelopment funds, private financing and city funds have been poured into the renovation of downtown over the last 20 years.
More recently $37 million has been poured into the downtown area and according to county records the RCDC loaned Innova $1.5 million in February 2012 to help build out Sammy’s Rockin’ Island Bar and Grill.
It’s unknown if payments are current on the loan.
ROSEVILLE, CA – Sammy Hagar’s Rockin’ Island Bar and Grill in Roseville closed its doors without warning and the owner, Stephen Pease, has been reported missing.
A sign posted on restaurant doors said they were temporarily closed “due to unforeseen events,” and “were looking forward to serving the community again soon.”
Stephen Pease was reported missing on October 25 by one of his business associates, and according to Roseville Police, there is currently no reason to believe any foul play is involved.
KCRA is reporting that another missing persons report has been filed for Pease in the Fort Bragg area.
An ominous sign that Sammy’s may not reopen is the fact their Facebook page and website have also been shuttered.
The restaurant opened for business in September 2012 and Pease is one of the controlling owners and a well-known developer in the area. A second restaurant is currently under construction at the Roseville Galleria.
Just recently Sammy Hagar presented checks to two local charities, Placer County Food Bank and the Me-One Foundation. At a press conference following the check-giving, Hagar was asked his thoughts about opening a second restaurant so close to the downtown Roseville location.
Sammy Responded, “I don’t run my places.” Praising Pease he continued, “Finding someone who does a good job for you, look at this place it looks just as good as the day it opened. I’ll go with Steve if he wants to do ten of them, we’ll do ten.”