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Police seek public's assistance in locating missing Salem man - Update Jan. 13, 2022 (Photo) - 01/13/22


DATE:      Thursday, January 13, 2022


Update: January 13, 2022:

Missing person, Robert Lee Skinner, Jr., has been found safe. His family has been notified. Our thanks to the Salem community and local media for their assistance.


Originally published January 12, 2022:

Salem, Ore. — The Salem Police Department is requesting assistance from the public in locating a missing south Salem resident. Robert Lee Skinner, Jr., 69 years old, was last seen on January 9, 2022, at 4:30 p.m., leaving his residence by vehicle to play video poker at a local restaurant. He was alone when he left his home.

Skinner’s spouse notified the Salem Police Department on Monday, January 10, when he failed to return home.  Skinner is diabetic and dependent on medication, which he does not have with him.  Friends and family have not had any contact with him since he left home and report this behavior is not typical for him.  Although there are no family connections outside of Salem, it is possible he may have driven his vehicle outside of the Salem area.

The Salem Police Department is investigating Skinner Jr.’s disappearance as a missing and endangered person. 

Skinner is described as a Black male, 5’10” tall, weighing 190 pounds.  He was last seen wearing jeans, a navy-blue long sleeve shirt with “POLO” lettering on the front, a navy-blue wind breaker and brown slippers.

He was driving his personal car when he left his residence, a four-door, silver 2015 Toyota Camry with Oregon license plate 590-DQJ. The sedan has damage to the passenger side front bumper. 

“We have no reason to believe Mr. Skinner’s disappearance is associated with any criminal activity at this time; however, we are concerned about his safety due to his medical condition and lack of medication,” said Lieutenant Debbie Aguilar. “We are asking the public for help in locating Mr. Skinner so we can assess his health and wellbeing.” 

Anyone with recent information related to Mr. Skinner’s location should call the Salem Police Department non-emergency phone number at 503-588-6123 (option 1). All other tips and investigative leads may be directed to the Salem Police Department Tips Line at 503-588-8477.

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