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Body of man missing for months found near Toketee Falls

According to the 30-year-old man's friend, the two became separated after having car trouble.

Posted: Feb 12, 2019 11:19 AM
Updated: Apr 15, 2019 5:33 PM

TOKETEE FALLS, Ore. —

UPDATE: The body of a Mt. Angel man who went missing in the Toketee Falls area in early February has at last been found, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

Search and rescue teams found 30-year-old Jeffrey Vance's body on Sunday. They had returned to the Clearwater area to resume search efforts that had been called off in February amid heavy snows. A volunteer discovered him just before noon.

"The Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office is conducting a death investigation. There are no immediate indications of foul play," the Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

Vance's next of kin has been notified.

(Updated 4/15/19 at 5:30 p.m.)


UPDATE: Search and Rescue teams have suspended efforts to find a missing man in the Toketee Falls area amid worsening weather conditions, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office (DCSO) announced on Tuesday.

Efforts began on Monday, February 4 when 29-year old Anthony Fennimore reported that he and his friend, 30-year-old Jeffery Vance, had become separated after their car broke down in that area.

Deputies have since determined that the two got lost and separated on Sunday, February 3. Search teams found the 2008 Chevy Colorado pickup near Clearwater on the following Wednesday.

In spite of those discoveries, DCSO said that there has been no sign of Vance. With heavy snow coming down in the area, the agency suspended search efforts on Saturday "until conditions improve."

DCSO said that it has been assisted by Jackson and Josephine County Search and Rescue, Oregon Department of Emergency Management, Oregon Military Department, Pacific Power, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Oregon State Police.

(Updated 2/12/19 at 11:10 a.m.)


INITIAL REPORT: A 30-year-old man from the Salem area remains missing on Tuesday with search and rescue teams deployed, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office (DCSO).

Sheriff's deputies responded to the Glide Store in Douglas County around 6 p.m. on Monday after a man called dispatch to report that he and his friend had been "lost in the woods" for two days and then gotten separated.

The caller was 29-year-old Anthony Fennimore of Silverton, DCSO said. He told dispatchers that he and his friend, 30-year-old Jeffery Alan Vance of Mt. Angel, had car trouble in the area of Toketee Falls.

On Friday night, Fennimore told deputies, the two became lost after walking away from their vehicle. By Saturday night or Sunday morning, the two had become separated.

Fennimore found help on Monday morning when a passerby gave him a ride to Glide, where he called dispatch.

Vance remains missing at this time, DCSO said. Search and Rescue teams have yet to find Vance or the vehicle, which Fennimore described as a maroon 2008 Chevy Colorado pickup with Oregon license plate 436KSW.

Vance is described as 6 feet tall and 300 pounds. with brown hair and blue eyes. He was last known to be wearing dark blue or black Helli Hansen rain gear, a brown or gray stocking cap, a camouflage framed backpack and Georgia boots.

DCSO is being assisted by Pacific Power, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Forest Service and Oregon State Police.

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