GOLD BEACH andndash; Curry County sheriff's deputies suspended their search for a Coos Bay man who had been missing since Wednesday after they received a report on Friday that a man matching his description was spotted getting into a pickup Wednesday night and driving toward Highway 101.
The Sheriff's Office received a report about 7:27 p.m. Thursday that Bobby Dan Johnson, 41, had been missing since about 8:30 p.m. the night before. Johnson was last seen near Sixes River Campground on Sixes River Road.
Sheriff John Bishop said the reporting party was concerned because Johnson failed to show for an arranged social function and left behind personal items that he would not normally leave behind.
Based on that information, the department initiated a missing person case.
Bishop said deputies responded to the area where Johnson was reported last seen and conducted initial investigation and search for him Thursday night, without success. An area search was planned for Friday morning, and Search and Rescue personnel were called out to assist in a search of the area where Johnson was last reported seen.
That search was conducted without success, Bishop said.
Deputies then found an eyewitness who spotted someone believed to match Johnson's description get into an older model, full-size white pickup truck on Sixes River Road Wednesday evening and drive toward the highway.
Bishop said that, based on that information, active search and rescue efforts were suspended pending further information that might indicate that Johnson was both endangered and missing.
Johnson has been designated a missing person and this case will remain open until he is located, Bishop said.
The sheriff asked that anyone with knowledge about Johnson's whereabouts contact the Curry County Sheriff's Office at 541-247-3242, or 800-543-8471.
Johnson is 6 feet, 1 inch tall, 180 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing a green jacket.