Missing man found dead north of Gold Beach

BROOKINGS, Ore. – *UPDATE* A missing California man has been found dead.

On Monday afternoon, Oregon State Police say they found a Ford Ranger pickup that belonged to 70-year-old Jerry Van Hoosen from Kerman, California.

The agency says Van Hoosen’s car crashed on Highway 101 near milepost 323.

He was heading northbound on Highway 101 when his car left the roadway, hit a tree, and fell into a ravine, according to police.

Van Hoosen was reported missing early February.


Brookings police are asking for help finding a missing California man. Seventy-year-old Jerry Van Hoosen was driving through Brookings on his way for a fishing trip Sunday, February 9.

According to his wife, Magaret, he was supposed to meet up with a cousin in Reedsport. However, nobody’s heard from him in six days.

Margaret says it’s very strange to not hear from her husband. He normally calls every night he’s out of town and when he arrived at the motel in Brookings Friday, he called her to let her know he made it.

On Tuesday, Margaret said police had been able to ping her husband’s phone to an area in Mount Emily, near the Chetco River. She says her husband loves to fish the Chetco and may have been scouting the river.

Police have begun searching the area around Mount Emily but told Margaret roads were washed out due to recent rain.

“Anxious to hear that if they’ve found him and just nervous and nerve-wracking to not know what it is – if he’s ok,” she said.

Her husband drives a 2007 red Ford Ranger. He was last seen in Brookings. According to his wife, he had checked out from the Westward Inn Saturday morning.

If anyone has seen Van Hoosen or his car, call Brookings Police.

Police on the Oregon Coast are trying to find a missing man.

The wife of Jerry Van Hoosen reported her husband missing after he didn’t return from a fishing trip he took on February 7.

According to Hoosen’s wife, he was traveling to Coos Bay and Reedsport and was last seen in Brookings. He reportedly enjoys fishing at the Chetco River.

On February 13, Hoosen’s wife said the Brookings Police Department has been searching the area around Mt. Emily near the Oregon-California border. She thinks her husband may have been checking out a future fishing spot and got trapped behind washed-out roads.

Anyone with further information is asked to call the Brookings Police Department at 541-469-3118 ext. 0.


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