A Myrtle Creek man who was reported missing by his family early Monday morning was found dead lying in Hubbard Creek around 6:30 p.m. in Umpqua, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
Earlier in the day, the sheriff’s office asked for the public’s help in finding Vernie E. Young, 78, who was reported missing by family members around 3:30 a.m.
Young’s 1999 Chrysler 3000 was spotted by a truck driver in the morning, sheriff’s spokesman Dwes Hutson said today.
The driver reported it to his dispatcher. A dispatcher who knows the family heard about Young’s disappearance and called them, Hutson said.
The family responded to the scene and alerted authorities, he said. Sheriff’s deputies, Douglas County Fire District No. 2 and the Bureau of Land Management responded and found Young deceased close to his car, Hutson said.
Deputies don’t believe it was a suicide and no foul play is suspected, Hutson said.
Young left his home in the 600 block of Irving Drive and was reported missing by his daughter when he did not return home. Family members said Young may have had a medical problem related to his medication.