By Cornelia de Bruin
Triplicate staff writer
Since Brookings-area resident William Glenn Boyer left his residence April 21, Curry County Sheriff Mark A. Metcalf has kept his officers busy checking out possible leads about the 83-year old man.
But 12 days later, Boyer has yet to be found.
Boyer and the 1996 dark green Ford Windstar van, bearing Oregon license WHQ846, are entered on state and nationwide missing/endangered computer systems. He referred to Oregon's Law Enforcement Data System and the National Crime and Information Center systems.
"This vehicle is recognizable due to numerous patriotic stickers on the tailgate," Metcalf said in a Tuesday press.
The Curry County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue has driven the Chetco and Winchuck River road systems trying to find Boyer and his vehicle.
Civil Air Patrol planes and crews have flown 10 missions in their help to find Boyer, one of them into Northern California. The air patrol has "essentially covered the road systems in about a 50-mile radius of the Brookings area," Metcalf said.
Although four vans that resembled Boyer's were spotted, none was the missing vehicle.
The sheriff's office also checked out a tip from the Wilsonville, Ore., area of Clackamas County, but a subsequent visit by that county's sheriff's office to a motel in that area determined the man noticed was not Boyer.
Metcalf's office continues to ask the public to come forth with information about the missing man, and is continuing to work with Boyer's family to follow up leads.
The sheriff also is asking businesses in the Brookings-Harbor area that have video surveillance of parking lots and U.S. Hwy. 101 to save their recordings and contact his office.
"We are attempting to locate information like this that may show what time and what direction Mr. Boyer may have been traveling," Metcalf said.
Call with Tips
If you have information about the possible whereabouts of William Boyer, call 541-247-3242.