Lane County Sheriff: Men located OK after being reported missing
UPDATE: GOOD NEWS! James Maroon and Jeffrey Richey have been located and are safe. They were able to self-evacuate with assistance from a motorist after suffering a mechanical malfunction, the sheriff's office says.
EUGENE, Ore. - A young man with a developmental disability and his adult caretaker left town to go to the woods Thursday morning and have yet to return home, the Lane County Sheriff's Office said Friday.
James "Jimmy" Maroon, 19, of Eugene and 48-year-old Jeffrey Richey of Creswell headed out at 8:30 to go to the woods, possibly to go turkey hunting, the sheriff's office said.
"The exact location of where they were headed is unknown," the sheriff's office said. "James is developmentally disabled and Jeffrey is his care provider."
The two were expected to be back by 5:30 p.m. Family reported the men missing around 10 p.m.
"Jeffrey has extensive knowledge of how to survive in the wilderness and it is likely that they have food and water with them," the sheriff's office said. "They are travelling in a 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee, gray in color" with license plate XDB 290.
Jimmy is 5-foot-6 and 160 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He wears glasses. He last seen wearing blue jeans, a black sweatshirt, a brown jacket and camouflage boots.
Jeffrey is 5-9 and 200 pounds, and bald with blue eyes. He has his dog with im.
The Lane County Sheriff’s Office asks anyone who has seen Jimmy or Jeffrey, or knows their whereabouts, to call (541) 682-4141.