Sheriff: No sign of missing man

November 12, 2005

It has been more than two weeks since a Clackamas County man visited Hood River and then vanished.

Hood River County Sheriff Detective Gerry Tiffany said no sign of Oscar Avila Perez, 45, has been found. According to credit card receipts, he took a last taxi ride on Oct. 27 from the Hood River Hotel, where he had stayed overnight, to mile post 71 along Highway 35. After being dropped off in the isolated and heavily timbered area, Tiffany said Perez disappeared.

His vehicle has also not been found, although Perez allegedly told hotel staffers and others that it had been wrecked somewhere in transit.

Anna Perez, the subject’s sister, said that her brother had been depressed and was on a suicide watch. According to reports, he had purchased a .38 caliber revolver from a local gun shop on the evening of Oct. 26.

Tiffany said there is also the possibility that Perez decided to start over in life by staging a disappearance. He said the subject could have hid his vehicle in a place were it was easily accessible.

“We just don’t know what really happened at this point. There’s been no sign of him and his car has not been located,” said Tiffany.

Sheriff Joe Wampler launched an extensive ground and air search in the days after Perez vanished.

The missing man had apparently been dropped off in the Mt. Hood National Forest by a cab. Several hunters in that vicinity reported catching a glimpse of a man that resembled the description of Perez.

Tiffany said Clackamas County law enforcement officials are working the case. He said Perez was an avid hunter and familiar with the terrain of Hood River County.

Perez owns a blue 2004 BMW sedan and was last seen wearing a dark sweatshirt. The Hispanic male stands 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 145 pounds.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call (503) 263-1807 or (503) 367-5960.

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