UPDATE 10-8-12: A Washington man believed to be missing in Oregon has been found dead. Police say 79-year-old Sherman Davis was found on a logging road in Lane County near his vehicle.
PREVIOUS STORY 10-3-12:
ASHLAND, Ore. – A Washington man is missing and his daughters believe he may be in southern Oregon.
Beth Lang and Cindy Davis are traveling nearly 500 miles from Eugene to California retracing their father’s steps. In the next week, every law enforcement office along interstate 5 in Oregon and part of California will have seen Sherman Davis’ face. Lang and Davis believe their father was trying to go back to his hometown in Ukiah, California. He was last seen in Seattle, Washington last Tuesday.
Davis suffered a stroke in 2006 and it resulted in dementia. A debit card purchase in Douglas County is the only clue showing he was headed south. Since then, there has been no activity on his card. The sisters believe he could be anywhere right now.
“When your parent has dementia, they are like a child. And you want to honor them and you want to honor their independence, but you need to keep them safe. And we’re just praying that there’s good people out there as well as bad people. You know, we’re praying that the good people will step in and that he will respond to them and receive their offer of help,” says Beth Lang.
A NewsWatch 12 viewer saw the story when it was first aired Tuesday night and tipped police. They say they saw Davis in Central Point, asking passerbys for a ride. His daughters believe it was Davis; they started the search in Eugene and plan to end in Ukiah. If you recognize Sherman Davis you’re asked to contact any law enforcement agency in Washington, Oregon or California.