Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Noah Michael Dewitt - Lane County - February 2015

Police: Eugene man missing since early Saturday morning

EUGENE, Ore. - Friends and police are asking for the public's help locating a man who disappeared early Saturday morning in distress.

A friend reported 24-year-old Noah Michael Dewitt missing to police.

Dewitt left a friend's home on W. 27th Avenue on foot sometime after 2 a.m. Saturday.

The friend told police Dewitt appeared to be in distress. Dewitt left his shoes behind and may have been barefoot.

If anyone has information about his whereabouts, they are asked to contact the Eugene Police Department at (541) 682-5111 or call 911 in the event of an amergency.

Robert "Bob" Lewis Murphy - Eugene - Lane County - February 2015

Cottage Grove man missing since Thursday requires medication

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. - A man whose serious health condition requires daily medication took a taxi to the bus station in Eugene last Thursday and hasn't been heard from since, police said.

Robert "Bob" Lewis Murphy is considered an endangered missing person, Cottage Grove Police said.

A healthcare provider told police Murphy left home Thursday by taxi, bound for the Greyhound station in downtown Eugene.

His whereabouts since then are unknown, although he may have been bound for Grants Pass, police said.

Murphy did not take his daily medications with him, police said.

Murphy is 5-foot-8, 150 pounds with blue and bleached blond hair. He may be wearing white pants and a blue jacket.

If you have any information, you are asked to contact Officer Tami Howell with the Cottage Grove Police Department at (541) 942-9145.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Alphonso Cotton - Updated news coverage 2014

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (KOIN 6) — On December 9, 2013, stamp collector Alfonso Cotton left his condo in Lake Oswego to go make a sale to a stranger. He hasn’t been seen since.
His van was found at a Southeast Portland gas station and his wallet was found floating in the Willamette River.  Now, more than a year later, there are as many or more questions still out there.
Cotton, 50, was the father of two teens.
His wife, Lori Young, said she believes foul play was invovled, “because he would never just walk away from his kids. Never!”
Shortly after he was last seen, investigators found his van abandoned at a gas station on SE 98th and Divison in Portland. His wallet was found floating in the water near the Burnside Bridge.
Cotton’s family said someone used his ATM card the night he disappeared but it’s not clear if it was him.
“Mr. Cotton is still considered a missing person,” said Lake Oswego Police Sgt. Tom Hamann. “We are still investigating the case, and we’re not assuming anything.”
His sister, Urania Cotton, spoke with KOIN 6 News from her home in Los Angeles, where Alfonso grew up. She said he was close to his family, his mom and his neices and nephews.
She believes his stamp collection, worth thousands of dollars, may have been a factor in his disappearance. He had posted an online ad looking for a buyer.
“My mother told him if he sells, to don’t be by himself,” she said.
His wife doesn’t think the stamp collection is the key, but she is convinced somebody knows what happened.
“I am begging for anyone with any kind of knowledge, anything. I just want closure for my kids, so my kids can sleep at night,” Lori Young said. “Whatever that closure may be — who knows — but it will never end for my kids until there’s some kind of closure.”
The family is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to where Alfonso Cotton is.

Man Missing Since Christmas Among 18 Oregonians Who Vanished in 2014

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Photo credit: Jes on Flickr
On Jan. 14 Portland police asked for the public’s assistance in finding Jerry Kent Boyer, an 88-year-old Portland man, missing since Dec. 25, 2014.  Boyer was just one of the 18 people who went missing in Oregon during 2014. 
Boyer was recorded on surveillance video at an Umpqua Bank in Northeast Portland on Christmas Day. He was reported missing on Dec. 29 after neighbors noticed the newspapers pilling up outside his home. No foul play is suspected in the case, but Boyer is reported to have minor dementia, according to police. 
Boyer is one of dozens who go missing in Oregon each year.
“Some people come home, some fall prey to foul play, there’s so many variables,” said Sergeant Bob Ray with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. “Everyone does everything they can. We never stop looking.”
There are hundreds of open missing persons cases in Oregon, according to data from the U.S. Department of Justice National Missing and Unidentified Persons System. There were 36 open cases registered just between 2013 and 2014 alone. 
Slideshow Below: 20 Missing People from Oregon
Runways and people suffering from mental illness, like Boyer, are leading causes for missing person cases. Most get resolved quickly, according to Sergeant Pete Simpson with the Portland Police Bureau.  
“Some people are found before they are even entered in the system,” Ray said. 
Other cases are trickier to solve. Although police can utilize information such as cell phone data, banking information, and leads from family and friends, it is difficult to find someone after the basic leads are exhausted. 
In the high-profile case of Kyron Horman, a 7-year-old boy who went missing in Portland in 2010, local police and the FBI conducted an extensive investigation, but no arrests have been made and the case remains open.  
Some, however, come to grim conclussions. 
“Months go by or years even, and then remains are found that match a missing person. That’s the harsh reality for some cases.” Simpson said. 
Missing Children
Vicki Kelly founded the Tommy Foundation after her son’s remains were found a year and half after he went missing. Kelly has worked with the National Center for Missing Children, families and law enforcement to help find the missing. 
“I’ve supported over 150 families whose child was listed as a runaway and later discovered their remains,” Kelly said. “Even if they’re a runway, once they hit the streets, the statistics say they will probably engage in criminal behavior to survive.” 
Kelly said that when missing children cases are listed as runaways, they may not receive proper attention from law enforcement as a missing person case. 
In 2008, the Oregon legislature passed a law advocated by Kelly and the Tommy Foundation, which says law enforcement cannot refuse to take a report for a missing person.  
For people concerned someone they know might be missing, Simpson said to watch for a broken pattern in their lives, like the newspapers piled up outside Boyer’s home. If someone is concerned something is not right, Simpson said to ask the police to do a welfare check to make sure the person is not injured or deceased.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Alphonso Cotton - Lake Oswego stamp collector vanishes

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Please remember to keep your eyes out for
Alphonso Cotton, a stamp collector from Lake Oswego, which is in the
Portland Oregon area. He is a very loved member of his community and
his family needs to find him and bring him home safely. Thank you!!