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Missing Elderly California Man Found Safe in Vehicle by Oregon State Police - Interstate 5 near Douglas/Josephine County Line

June 22, 2013

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247

An Oregon State Police (OSP) sergeant stopping to help what looked like a disabled vehicle and motorist along Interstate 5 between Glendale and Canyonville located a missing northern California man who had left earlier tht morning from the Vacaville-area enroute to Elk Grove and got lost. The man's family were notified and arrangements made for his stay in a Medford-area motel where family are traveling to pick him up.

On June 21, 2013 at approximately 5:25 p.m., OSP Sergeant Jeff Allison stopped to check on a vehicle parked on the northbound shoulder of Interstate 5 near milepost 82. The vehicle, a white Chevrolet Lumina van displaying California license plates, was occupied by a 88-year old Vacaville, California man who said he was waiting for his daughter. The man's story changed several times and when told by Allison that he was in Oregon, the man was surprised because he thought he was still in California.

A check through the OSP Southern Command Center dispatch revealed the elderly man had been reported missing earlier that day after leaving Vacaville at 10:30 a.m. The man's van was out of gas, the van's battery had died, and his cell phone was no longer working.

OSP contacted the man's family who advised they would be enroute from San Jose, California. OSP contacted AAA and had his van towed, then Allison drove the man to Medford where he bought him dinner and checked him into a local motel that the family had made a reservation for him to stay at until they arrived to pick him up. At the family's request, his name is withheld.

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