Missing Port Orford man located 'very hungry' but OK

(Curry County Sheriff's Office)

[UPDATE 4:07 PM]

Sheriff John Ward wrote at 3:59 p.m. Wednesday. " Tyler Batch has been found and is fine. Batch said his car had broken down and he started walking but the roads dead-ended so he tried following creeks. Batch stated he finally found a road and followed it to where he flagged down a vehicle who gave him a ride into Powers. Batch said he was very hungry and somewhat disorientated but other than that he was ok."


Curry County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance to locate 34-year-old Tyler Batch from Port Orford.

Batch was reported missing on Saturday by Wanda Coker after she loaned her gold 1999 Dodge Stratus to Batch on Tuesday, January 9. He has not been seen him since then.

Later that same evening, the sheriff's office received a call about a gold Dodge car left abandoned on Forest Service Road 3353.

Because of washout of the road on the Coos County side, the car was not able to be retrieved until the next day.

On January 14, deputies located the vehicle that matched the one previously reported missing by Coker. Deputies, along with search and rescue, conducted a search of the area but were unable to find any clues on the whereabouts of Batch.

After search and rescue crews from Curry County and Coos County went looking for Batch along forest road NF3353 near Laird Lake, they found the car broken down with jumper cables in the front seat, according to Melba Lambright - Batch's ex-wife and mother to their 11-year-old son.

Lambright along with friends and family continued the search Tuesday and Wednesday, but to no avail. Curry County Search and Rescue was also out Tuesday.

"Normally, when he does do this thing where he, you know, likes to drive out in the middle of nowhere, he really doesn't normally say anything before he leaves," Lambright said. "He just leaves, but he always comes back."

Lambright suspects he may have tried to walk out of the forest or gotten a ride with somebody else because of the jumper cables found in the front seat.

On Tuesday, search and rescue teams returned to the area and spread their search area to include Lobster Creek Road, Eucher Creek Road, the Agness Pass and several other roads main roads and spur roads in-between. There was still no sign of Batch.

Deputies and SAR continued their search on Wednesday in the area.

Batch is described as about 6-feet-tall, 190 pounds with brown hair, hazel eyes, and a full beard. He was last seen wearing a gray hoodie, jeans, and possibly a tan army style jacket. He is said to be in good health.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call Curry County Sheriff's Office.

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