UPDATE: The Jackson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO) has released a statement revealing how missing Brookings man George Gower was found, and what condition he is in now.
Gower was discovered Monday afternoon after spending 'three nights in the elements,' according to JCSO. A citizen spotted a man matching Gower's description a few miles from where the man's vehicle was found crashed on Friday night.
A JCSO deputy responded to the area and was able to bring Gower to the search and rescue (SAR) command post. Gower was then transported by Mercy Flights ambulance to Providence Medford Medical Center for evaluation.
JCSO thanked their SAR staff and volunteers, as well as the citizens who helped search for and recover Gower.
(Updated as of 3:20 p.m. on Monday, June 11)
UPDATE: Missing Brookings man George Gower has been found, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO).
At this time, JCSO has not yet confirmed any information on Gower's condition or the circumstances of his disappearance, but this article will be updated as soon as that information comes in.
(Updated as of 2:40 p.m. on Monday, June 11)
JACKSONVILLE, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff's Office search and rescue (SAR) teams are searching for a Brookings man missing from the scene of a vehicle crash near Applegate Lake.
While searchers comb the area, deputies would like to hear from anyone who may have seen the man or possibly gave him a ride to a safe location.
On Saturday, June 9, 2018, at 8:48 a.m., a citizen called dispatch to report a motor vehicle crash in the 9200-block of Carberry Creek Road. The unoccupied vehicle, a new white Mazda SUV, was found upside down off the roadway.
Deputies determined the vehicle belongs to George Randolph Gower, 69. Gower was believed to be traveling from Brookings to Medford on Friday. He did not reach his destination and family members have not heard from him.
It is unknown why Gower's vehicle is in the Applegate area; however, he reportedly has displayed symptoms of dementia. Medication belonging to Gower was left behind in the vehicle.
Gower is described as five feet, seven inches tall, weighing 165 pounds, with grey hair in a ponytail, and facial hair. His left ear is missing a lobe.
Anyone with information about George Gower's whereabouts is asked to call dispatch immediately at (541) 776-7206. Refer to case #18-11589.
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