December 26, 2012
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
The search for a missing Klamath Falls-area man by Klamath County Sheriff's Office Search & Rescue (SAR) and Oregon State Police (OSP) was suspended after two days due to weather and deep snow at the site where his vehicle was found Sunday parked abandoned on a spur road off Clover Creek Road north of Keno. Despite the suspended search, the investigation is continuing into the whereabouts of ROBERT LEAR, age 39, and anyone with knowledge of his current location is asked to call OSP.
On December 23 and 24, SAR resources and OSP detectives found no trace of LEAR beyond his car that is believed to have been at its abandoned location for two weeks. Challenges including significant snow fall, current weather conditions, and the period of time LEAR has been missing were factors in the decision to suspend the search. SAR resources will likely return to the forested, snow-covered area when conditions improve or additional information is learned that would increase the likelihood he would be found. Investigators have not ruled out the possibility he obtained a ride or hiked out of the area and hasn't notified anyone of his whereabouts.
SAR resources involved in the last area search on December 24 included 6 searchers, four of whom are out on snowshoes; two K9 handlers with dogs from Jackson County Sheriff's Office; and, two OSP detectives. On December 23, SAR resources included 9 searchers, seven of whom were on snowshoes, a Klamath County search manager, and the OSP detectives. Searches worked in the area in which recent snowfall accumulations reached 2 to 3 feet.
LEAR was reported missing to OSP by family members on December 20 after they last heard from him nine days earlier. He is described as 5'11", approximately 190 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.
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.