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Oregon State Police Asks Public Help in Locating Missing Kentucky Men 

KENTUCKY (09/09/2014) - Oregon State Police (OSP) and Kentucky State Police (KSP) are asking for the public's help to locate a father and son whose vehicle was found last week abandoned along Highway 35 in the Mt. Hood area.

On September 5, OSP checked a vehicle reported by Oregon Department of Transportation parked and abandoned along Highway 35 about eight miles south of the town of Mt. Hood. The vehicle, a silver 2012 Kia Rio four-door displaying a Kentucky license plate, had been parked for about one week approximately a half mile north of the Dog River Trailhead in Hood River County.

An OSP trooper checked the vehicle that morning and noted a significant amount of hiking equipment inside, an observation that appeared unusual for someone intending to hike and park a vehicle for that length of time at its location. The trooper unsuccessfully tried to find anyone to determine why the vehicle was parked at that location. Family contacts said that the vehicle's owner, John Kevin Wood, age 59, from Bardstown, Kentucky, most likely was accompanied by his son, Jason Anthony Wood, age 32. Both men live together and neither has been in contact with family nor have neighbors seen them since mid-August.

John Wood is described as a white male, 6'1", 170 lbs, with gray hair and blue eyes.

Jason Wood is described as a white male, 5'9", 140 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes.

After notification from OSP, the Kentucky State Police initiated an investigation into the possible whereabouts of both men. KSP has entered them as missing in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database.

Hood River County Sheriff's Office conducted an air search on two occasions with negative results. OSP towed the abandoned vehicle and impounded it pending the investigation.

Anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of John or Jason Wood is asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at (503) 731-3030 or Detective Lori Rosebraugh at (541) 296-9646 ext. 5350.  

Information provided by the Kentucky State Police
Posted by J.L. Graham
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