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Deputies & Dogs Search for Missing Silverton Man

An additional search & rescue group is being organized for tomorrow if he isn’t located before dark.

Michael Dalton
Photo of Michael Dalton taken 3 weeks ago.

(SALEM) - Marion County deputies are using tracking dogs and 4-wheel drive Jeeps in an effort to locate a Silverton man who has been missing since yesterday afternoon.

On Wednesday evening, a hiker spotted a 1992 Toyota Camry sedan stuck in the mud on Crooked Finger Road, about 12 miles east of Scotts Mills. He called 911 and deputies were dispatched to check out the car.

Deputy Brian Sutter arrived and checked the license plate on the car. He learned that it was associated with Michael Dalton, 55 of Silverton. Dalton was reported missing by his girlfriend when he failed to return home after helping drive a fork lift at St. Vincent de Paul in Salem on Wednesday afternoon. Dalton called the girlfriend to let her know his plans, but she hasn’t heard from him since.

Dalton has been dealing with a terminal medical issue, and according to his girlfriend, he has not been taking his medications or keeping doctor’s appointments.

Dalton is described as 5-9, 210 pounds, with gray hair and a mustache. He does not have camping gear or supplies and deputies are concerned about his well-being. He was last seen wearing blue jeans & black boots, a black leather motorcycle jacket with wings on the back.

Deputies searched many of the forest roads in the area last night, and continued throughout today. At this time, tracking dogs and 25 searchers are looking for Mr. Dalton. An additional search & rescue group is being organized for tomorrow if he isn’t located before dark.

Sr. Deputy Dave Zahn and Sgt. Bill Sherburn are leading the search. Zahn commented, "Mr. Dalton’s car was stuck in the mud, but he could have easily walked a few miles down to the road to houses and businesses in the area. We hope we’re able to find him soon." Temperatures in the area are expected to dip into the 30’s tonight.

Dalton’s girlfriend has asked that the media not request interviews of her at this time, but she expresses her appreciation in advance for any publicity given to Michael’s disappearance.

Anyone with information on Mr. Dalton’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 503.588.5032.

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