MEDFORD, Ore. — Around 11 a.m. Sunday, May 5, Medford Police say a Rogue River resident phoned police about a vehicle matching the description of Truman Tollefson, with a deceased body lying next to it. Detectives from Medford Police and Jackson County Sheriff’s Department responded to mile marker 9 on Upper Grave Creek Road, a remote area outside of Rogue River.
Detectives say the vehicle is confirmed as Tollefson’s. Investigators say it appears the vehicle became stuck before trying to turn around at the end of the dead end road. Police say the driver exited the vehicle and died nearby. Officers say there is no evidence of foul play. The person who found the scene was working to get firewood in that area, removing a tree that blocked the road.
Medford Police say the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office will be working on a positive identification later this week.
Newswatch 12 first reported this story when Tollefson’s family spent Christmas time searching for the missing family member. 87-year-old Truman Tollefson had memory loss and was last seen at a Wells Fargo Bank in late 2012.
“We’re looking for people to see if his car was in the parking lot, if there was anyone around, if there was anybody in the bank, even if somebody saw him walk out of the bank and he didn’t go to his car. We’re looking for any direction,” said Amanda Wolfe, Tollefson’s granddaughter.