December 23, 2012
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
Photograph link valid 30 days - Source: Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles
A tip received from a retired Oregon State Police trooper after he recalled seeing a vehicle matching the description of one associated with a missing Klamath Falls, Oregon man led Oregon State Police and Klamath County Sheriff's Office Search & Rescue (SAR) personnel to a forested area about 8 miles north of Keno in Klamath County where they located the man's vehicle. The vehicle was spotted parked abandoned on a spur road off Clover Creek Road December 12, and after media began reporting about the mising man and vehicle the retired trooper recalled seeing the vehicle and notified OSP.
Following a several hour-long search Sunday afternoon, Klamath County SAR discontinued searching due to poor weather conditions and are expected to continue searching the area Monday.
ROBERT LEAR, age 39, from Klamath Falls, was reported missing to Oregon State Police (OSP) by family members on December 20, 2012 who were concerned for his welfare. Family members last heard from him December 11th and believed he was moving to Seattle, Washington and he was to arrive four days later. An initial investigation failed to find him so a news release was sent Saturday, December 22, requesting the public's help to find LEAR and his vehicle.
LEAR is described as 5'11", approximately 190 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. A picture of a similar looking vehicle was provided with the news release.
Anyone with knowledge of LEAR's current location is asked to call the OSP Southern Command Center at (541) 883-5711. Anyone with information that may be helpful in locating LEAR is asked to contact Detective Dennis Yaws or Sergeant Bob Fenner at OSP's Klamath Falls Area Command office at (541) 883-5713.