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News Release
DCSO Searching for Missing Sisters Area Man - 07/09/19

Updated by Sgt. William Bailey at 7:35pm

Elwin "Gale" Larson has been located with his vehicle in the area of Goverment Camp.  A motorist stopping at a gas station had seen the recent KTVZ alert on Facebook regarding Larson being missing.  As the motorist walked into the station, she saw Larson and immediately thought she recognized him from the alert.  After checking her phone to confirm it was him, she notified law enforcement.

Larson’s family is on their way to his location now to be reunited.  We would like to thank the Oregon State Police for their assistance at Goverment Camp.  We would also like to recognize and give a special thank you to the observant motorist that found Larson and immediately reported it to law enforcement.

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Released by: Sgt. William Bailey – Public Information Officer

Release Date: July 9, 2019


The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating a Sisters area man, last seen at 11:45am this morning at his residence in the 16000 block of Cattle Drive Road in Sisters.

Elwin “Gale” Larson, age 86, is believed to have left his residence on Cattle Drive in his tan 2008 Toyota Tacoma with lumber rack, bearing Oregon registration plate SL67632, sometime after 11:45am today.  His whereabouts are unknown and investigators have learned Larson has difficulty hearing and suffers from memory loss.  Larson is described as a white male, 5’11”, 165 lbs, with light colored hair and blue eyes.  Larson is possibly wearing a green and blue striped pullover shirt and blue jeans.

Larson does not have a phone with him and has difficulty walking, so he may be sitting inside or near his vehicle.  He is familiar with the areas of Three Creeks Lake, Squaw Creek Canyon, and Tollgate.  The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information or that has seen Elwin “Gale” Larson or his vehicle since noon today to call into non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911 and speak with a deputy.

A photo of Larson and a photo of a vehicle similar to his is attached to this release for reference.  (The truck photo is not his actual truck, only similar.)

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with four K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today lead by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

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