Law enforcement continued to search for 34-year-old Tyler Batch, who has been missing from Port Orford for the past seven days, although the car he was driving was found abandoned in the middle of a forest service road 32 miles up the Elk River.
According to Curry County Sheriff John Ward, Wanda Coker of Port Orford called his office Jan. 13 to report Batch missing after several unsuccessful searches into the backcountry to find him.
Coker said she’d loaned her gold 1999 Dodge Stratus to Batch Jan. 9 and not seen the vehicle or him since. The vehicle was later found on Forest Service Road 3353, near the Coos County border.
“A group of us made our way up to the car Monday with a spare key, but the car is broken down,” Melba Lambright, a friend, wrote on social media Tuesday . “There were jumper cables on the front seat, indicating there might have been another car there... We don’t know if he got a ride out or tried to walk back to town.”
The following Saturday night, Coos County Sheriff’s Office called Curry County officials to say a citizen had found a car fitting the description of Coker’s vehicle “in the middle of the road.” No one was around and it appeared abandoned, Ward’s report reads.
Coos County officials tried to retrieve the car, but were blocked by a washout on the road in that county.
On Jan. 14, Coos and Curry county sheriff’s personnel searched roadways in their respective counties, and Curry Search and Rescue members headed out on ATVs to search other roads.
This Tuesday, the search was expanded to include Lobster and Eucher creek roads, the Agness pass and several other main and spur roads in between, all to no avail.
Wednesday , crews were again out in the backcountry looking for the man.
Batch is about 6-feet tall, weighs 190 pounds, has brown hair, hazel eyes, a full beard and was last seen wearing a gray hoodie, jeans and possibly a tan, Army-style jacket. He is said to be in good health.
“We don’t know what happened, or where he is, but he is missing and we are very worried,” Lambright said. “Forest service Road 3353 is a long road, and I’m not sure if search and rescue explored the whole thing.”
Anyone with information as to Batch’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Curry County Sheriff’s Office.