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Rescue teams searching for man missing in remote stretch of Rogue River-Siskiyou Natl. Forest

64-year-old Michael Dean Vos may be suffering from the onset of dementia, authorities believe.

Posted: Nov 6, 2019 4:21 PM

POWERS, Ore. — A Coos County man has disappeared somewhere in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest and rescue teams are trying to narrow down his location.

64-year-old Michael Dean Vos was last seen by friends on October 10. While Vos has split his time subsisting between Coos County, Alaska, South Dakota, and California, those close to him have become increasingly concerned after his latest disappearance. He was reported overdue by family in North Bend on October 16.

"Mike is described as very self-sufficient and has said he intends to live off the land," the Coos County Sheriff's Office said. "Unfortunately, he is also showing signs that he may be suffering from the onset of dementia."

On October 29, the Sheriff's Office found Vos' car about 9.5 miles south of Powers, a small community along Highway 542 just north of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.

Two days later, a search and rescue team from Klamath County found Vos' clothing northeast of his car. Despite a grid search of the area, Vos was not discovered.

"It is now believed that Vos's mental state was such that he removed his clothes soon after he parked his car and began walking," CCSO said. "He quite likely has a twenty-day head start and may not want to be found."

By November 2, search efforts in the immediate area were reduced while rescuers focused on "wider-ranging patrols" to find evidence of Vos' location, CCSO said.

"The Sheriff's Office is asking everyone who travels into the area of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest to keep eyes out for Mr. Vos and help return him to his family," the agency concluded.

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