MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford Police said they have found an abandoned vehicle that belongs to a man who has been missing since last year.
Last Monday, Medford Police were contacted by property owners in the 1600 block of Powell Road in Williams, Oregon. The caller, who owns approximately 450 acres, found Cook’s vehicle abandoned in a remote section of their property.
Medford Police said the vehicle, a 1971 blue/white GMC pick-up, had been re-painted and had parts stripped off of it. The vehicle was towed back to Medford for further processing.
Police say Chase Cook was last seen on Saturday, June 23rd, 2012 at approximately 9:29 p.m. at the East Main Minute Market, 610 E. Main Street in Medford.
While foul play has not been ruled out, the investigation indicates that Cook was possibly suicidal when he went missing.
Police said they have identified some individuals who were possession of Cook’s truck after he went missing and they are cooperating with detectives. Detectives are considering that at some point Cook abandoned his truck which was later stolen.
Medford Police say detectives will be coordinating with Jackson County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue to identify and search particular areas of Jackson or Josephine County in hopes of finding Cook. While foul play has not been ruled out, Medford Police say Cook was possibly suicidal when he went missing.
The case remains under investigation.