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Search for Portland man missing in Blue Mountains

Published on May 11, 2017 11:09AM

Last changed on May 12, 2017 10:38AM

Jeffrey Ryan Kelsay has been reported missing in the Blue Mountains east of Pendleton.

Photo contributed by Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office

Jeffrey Ryan Kelsay has been reported missing in the Blue Mountains east of Pendleton.


PENDLETON — The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a missing Portland man last seen Tuesday walking along Interstate 84 in the Blue Mountains.

Jeffrey Ryan Kelsay, 30, was headed to Baker City, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office, when his car apparently ran out of gas at milepost 235.

He was last seen at about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday by an Oregon Department of Transportation employee, and Kelsay contacted his father about an hour later and told him he was walking toward Pendleton.

The county’s search and rescue team responded to the location Wednesday on the missing person report and found his vehicle but no sign of Kelsay. They stopped the search, which included the department’s drone, at 2:45 a.m. Thursday and resumed it at 5:40 a.m. Union and Walla Walla counties are assisting in the search.

“It is unknown if Mr. Kelsay made it into either Pendleton or La Grande at this point,” Sheriff Terry Rowan said in the release Thursday morning, “So we are asking law enforcement to be on the lookout.”

Kelsay is 5-feet, 11 inches tall, weighs 175 pounds and has black hair and hazel eyes.

The Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue will continue to search the area. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office non-emergency line at 541-966-3651.



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