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PROSPECT, Ore. — Kellie Stancliff of San Antonio, Texas, is putting out a call for help to the people of Jackson County after her son's motorcycle was discovered east of Prospect, thousands of miles from his home.
The Jackson County Sheriff's Office put out a statement regarding the recovery of 35-year-old Kirk Jones' bike within the Sky Lakes Wilderness boundary earlier this week. Jones had been last seen in the San Antonio area on June 3, and Stancliff says that he was expected at a family gathering the following day.
"He's a 6-foot-3, very skinny, happy-go-lucky kind of guy," said Stancliff. "He's not very outdoorsy, so we're not really sure what he's doing up in Oregon at this point, in the area y'all are in. So we are looking around to see if y'all can help out."
Jones is a computer nerd, Stancliff said. He's been on a sabbatical since May 2019 from his last job as a business intelligence analyst for Rackspace, a cloud solutions tech company.
Stancliff said that she last saw Jones on May 30 at a family dinner, the first time that the entire family had gotten together at a restaurant since the COVID-19 pandemic began. She said that he acted normally and seemed to be enjoying himself. That night, Stancliff recalls, he'd said that he would be over the following week to play games with the family.
On Friday, June 4, the family tried to contact Jones, but they did not get a response.
"By Sunday we knew that something was wrong," Stancliff said. "It's not unusual for him not to answer the first text, but he wasn't answering his phone, it was going straight to voicemail . . . so we called the police and got the missing persons setup to work."
According to Stancliff, video at Jones' apartment building caught him leaving the morning of June 3. That was the last time that any of his loved ones saw him.
San Antonio Police have searched Jones' apartment, and Stancliff said that the effort yielded nothing of note, though he'd possibly sold a few things. In Jackson County, search and rescue teams have been scouring the woods around Prospect, where Jones' motorcycle surfaced.
Stancliff does not know why Jones would have set out on such a long trip when he did, or what took him to Oregon. She's hoping that someone in Jackson County has remembered seeing him and can provide more information about his disappearance.
If you have seen Jones or have any information, please call JCSO Sergeant Shawn Richards at 541-591-1843, or through dispatch at 541-776-7206.