An Azalea man who had been missing since Dec. 8 was found dead Saturday afternoon about 200 yards from where his pickup truck was located Thursday morning off Eakin Road east of Quines Creek in Azalea.
After three days of extensive ground searching in steep terrain, the body of 79-year-old Terry Dodds was located by search crews at 1:20 p.m. Saturday over an embankment in thick replanted trees and heavy brush.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Jackson and Josephine County Search and Rescue personnel.
Sheriff’s deputies said Dodds left his home on Azalea Glen Road in the Glendale area at around 8 p.m. on Dec. 8. The Sheriff’s Office was notified Thursday morning that Dodds’ dog had been located by loggers. The loggers brought the dog to Dodds residence, not knowing anything about the missing person report. At that time, Dodds’ family reported the information to the sheriff’s office.
Dodds’ 2004 Dodge 2500 was located a short time later on on a spur road off Wildcat Road. The vehicle appeared to have slid off of the roadway and into a ditch.
Sheriff’s deputies said Dodds suffered from a medical issue that may have left him in a confused state of mind.
The Douglas County Medical Examiner’s Office is conducting a death investigation.