Authorities in Sonoma County are hoping the public can help them find a man who hasn’t been seen in over a month and whose disappearance has raised alarm among his friends and family.

Sky O’Banion, a 50-year-old blues musician, is a white male, 6 feet 3 inches tall and about 190 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes.

O’Banion was last seen by a friend on Jan. 21 in the Guerneville area and was reported missing on Feb. 8.

“Many of us are distraught at his disappearance and would be grateful to see resources generated in the aid of his return.”

Sienna O'Banion, sister of missing musician

O’Banion’s sister, Sienna O’Banion, has started a GoFundMe to raise money to hire a private investigator to aid in the search for her brother.

Sienna said her brother was last seen in Guerneville but “we have not had a single sighting of him confirmed since,” she wrote on the site. “He is near and dear to many including 2 children, 4 siblings, his girlfriend, and many other friends and relatives.”

Sky O’Banion is the lead vocalist and harmonica player for the Sky O’Banion Blues Band, a four-member group that as recently as October had been performing at shows in the North Bay and the Peninsula.

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Sky O'Banion plays harmonica and sings in a 2013 performance by the Sky O'Banion Blues Band. (ClashRagazine/YouTube)

The family hopes to be able to hire an investigator, but will also use some of the funds as a reward for anyone who has information leading to the location of O’Banion.

“He has experienced some major challenges in this life and if you know him, you know what they are,” wrote Sienna. “He also made great strides to overcome them and realize his true nature as an artist and loving human being with great emotional depth. Many of us are distraught at his disappearance and would be grateful to see resources generated in the aid of his return.”

As of Tuesday afternoon, the GoFundMe had generated $2,864 of a $14,000 goal.

Anyone who may have information helpful to this case, or who has seen O’Banion, should contact the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office dispatch at 707-565-2121 or the River Substation at 707-869-0202 and reference CR SD240208-013.

Katy St. Clair got her start in journalism by working in the classifieds department at the East Bay Express during the height of alt weeklies, then sweet talked her way into becoming staff writer, submissions editor, and music editor. She has been a columnist in the East Bay Express, SF Weekly, and the San Francisco Examiner. Starting in 2015, she begrudgingly scaled the inverted pyramid at dailies such as the Vallejo Times-Herald, The Vacaville Reporter, and the Daily Republic. She has her own independent news site and blog that covers the delightfully dysfunctional town of Vallejo, California, where she also collaborates with the investigative team at Open Vallejo. A passionate advocate for people with developmental disabilities, she serves on both the Board of the Arc of Solano and the Arc of California. She lives in Vallejo.