Sheriff: Missing Myrtle Creek man's body found, truck burned

A Myrtle Creek man who has been missing since March 10 has been found dead, though the circumstances remain under investigation.

Posted: Mar 21, 2019 11:33 AM
Updated: Mar 21, 2019 3:17 PM

MYRTLE CREEK, Ore. — Investigators have discovered the body of a Myrtle Creek man last seen on March 10, according to a statement from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office (DCSO).

29-year-old Justin Grant Bibow was reported missing on March 12, after last contacting family and friends two days before. In its original statement regarding Bibow's missing status, DCSO indicated that law enforcement in Salem may have had contact with him.

"Deputies have learned that prior to being reported as a missing person, a Salem Police Officer (Oregon) conducted a computerized records check on Bibow on Monday, March 11, 2019 at 2:27 AM. Bibow could possibly still be in the Salem, Oregon area," DCSO said.

On Wednesday, someone reported finding a burned Dodge pickup about 6 miles up West Fork Cow Creek Road outside of Riddle. When deputies arrived at the scene, they determined that the truck was Bibow's.

A search of the area eventually turned up Bibow's body "away from the vehicle."

Although the Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office will continue an investigation into Bibow's death, DCSO said that "foul play does not appear to be a factor."

Bibow's next of kin has been notified. He was a member of the Riddle Fire Protection District, and on Thursday afternoon the District released a statement regarding Riddle's death that shed some light on the way he lived his life:

On Wednesday, March 20th, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office notified the Riddle Fire Protection District that they had located Justin Bibow and had recovered his body. Our deepest condolences and sympathy goes out to all his family and friends.

Justin served his community for 15 years as a volunteer firefighter, starting with the Tri-City Rural Fire Protection District and most recently with the Riddle Fire Protection District, where he served as a fire Captain. Justin was also a member of the South County Rescue Team.

The Riddle Fire Protection District would like to thank everyone that put their time and effort into locating Justin.

At this time, the Riddle Fire Protection District asks for privacy as our firefighters work through this tragic loss. Any additional information will be released through the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

Chief Devin Loughridge

Assistant Chief Paul Ritter

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