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City Of Ashland To Purchase Missing Ex-NASCAR Driver's Land

Ashland city officials are hoping to purchase land belonging to missing man, Harold Hardesty.

Posted: May 22, 2018 4:22 AM
Updated: May 22, 2018 11:13 AM

ASHLAND, Ore. -- The city of Ashland is in the process of purchasing land belonging to missing man and ex-NASCAR driver, Harold Hardesty.

Hardesty disappeared last year. In April, the Jackson County Sheriff's office determined he committed suicide near bear creek, although his body was never found.

Now the city wants to purchase Hardesty's 21 acres for $1.2 million for an artificial wetland. The constructed wetland would treat the city's greywater and help local fish in the Bear Creek thrive. The land is also right next door to the city's Waste Water Treatment plant on Oak Street. 

The purchase is not expected to be official until the end of June. 

The city also has other plans for the lands as it only needs 12 acres to build the artificial wetland. Public Works Director Paula Brown says the area will also be used as storage and a training area for police and fire departments.

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