Tips come in, but man still missing

John Getman

Despite several possible sightings in Morrow and Umatilla counties, an elderly man with Alzheimer’s disease is still missing a week after he walked away from home in Irrigon.

John Getman, 78, was last seen the morning of Monday, Nov. 16 walking west on Washington Avenue and again near the Irrigon Fish Hatchery, about three miles northwest of town.

Authorities searched the area on ground and by helicopter, but were unable to find Getman. The Morrow County Sheriff’s Office says it has received 6-8 calls from people who thought they saw Getman, but police still have not been able to locate him.

At least two more sightings came in Saturday from Umatilla County: one at the Crossroads Truck Stop in Umatilla, and another on Highway 395 at the Interstate 84 turnoff in Stanfield. Neither report led to Getman.

Police have issued all-points bulletins for Getman in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Information was also posted at every truck stop along Interstate 84 from Biggs Junction to Ontario.

Getman came to Irrigon from New York earlier this year, and is unfamiliar with the area, according to his family. On Feb. 10, Getman went missing in Little Falls, New York, but was found later that day.

Getman is described as 6 feet tall, 190 pounds with short gray hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a heavy brown Carhartt jacket, brown plaid shirt, blue jeans and sneakers. Recent nighttime temperatures have dipped below freezing across Eastern Oregon.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Morrow County Sheriff’s Office right away at 541-676-5317.


Contact George Plaven at or 541-966-0825.

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