Missing San Luis Obispo man found dead

July 1, 2022

Jason Errecalde


A 37-year-old San Luis Obispo man who was reported missing this week, and who was apparently having a mental health crisis, has been found dead.

On Wednesday at about 2 p.m., a person reported Jason Errecalde missing to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff’s officials contacted San Luis Obispo Police Department detectives about Errecalde, who lived within the SLO city limits.

Errecalde had last been seen at his home in the 1500 block of Madonna Road at about 3 a.m. Wednesday. Officers and detectives searched the area around Errecalde’s home, but did not initially locate him.

Police issued an alert on Thursday, describing Errecalde as an at-risk missing adult. On Friday morning, the police department announced Errecalde had been found deceased.

Officials issued a statement thanking the community for its concern for Errecalde and encouraging individuals having mental health crises to contact professionals.

“Our hearts go out to his family and friends, we are sorry for this loss,” police said. “If you or someone you know is in crisis, there are people who can help.”

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This is terribly unfortunate. As others have pointed out, we should not look askance at anyone who seeks out help. This gentleman chose a permanent solution to a temporary problem, and his family and others who cared for him are broken-hearted. No shame in seeking help, people.

It is devastating the stigma that mental illness has. We need to see it as an illness as real as diabetes and support those living with it.

My heart goes out to all who loved him as well as him and the pain he was going through..

Mental illness is the scourge of our time. Covid, cancer, heart disease, AIDS, etc, get all the press and attention but mental illness is tearing at the fabric of civil society. Homeless, substance abuse, mass murder, suicide, domestic abuse…the list goes on and on. At some point the government (s) and the citizenry will have to say “enough”!

So sad…I feel for him and his family:((