Early on Sunday morning, September 19, 2021, MPs and SAR teams from Clackamas, Washington and Tillamook counties continued their search for a missing 85-year-old Hillsboro man. The search area was concentrated in the northernmost part of Tillamook County, accessible by Highway 26.
“The vehicle of the missing man was found parked, out of gasoline between 2 p.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday near kilometer terminal 32 on highway 26,” said Kelly Awe, TCSO Marine deputy, the SAR coordinator for this mission. “The man had a history of dementia for about a year. We have a K9 team that also works in the region.
Unfortunately, around 10 a.m. on Sunday morning, search teams located the deceased man. The recovery involved specialized equipment and a rope rescue team. It seems that the man has moved away from his vehicle. No criminal act is suspected at this time.
“While these SAR missions can be difficult and often heartbreaking, most often they are rewarding and come with the satisfaction of helping others in need,” said TCSO Sheriff Joshua Brown. “We need more SAR volunteers, and our team has created a unique training program that fits a volunteer’s schedule. We will be highlighting this new program soon and hopefully more people in the community will see it as an opportunity to get involved and lend a helping hand.
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