Rescuers seek tips on missing Wimer man

Rescue workers are asking hunters to watch for signs of a Wimer man who has been missing since August after visiting his sister in Rogue River.

Jackson County search and rescue crews in August combed the area surrounding Wimer looking for Hugh Ellis, 83, who was reported missing late that month, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Winters said.

"We are hoping those who travel rural areas hunting might spot Ellis or his truck and alert us to his whereabouts," said Jackson County sheriff's Detective Sgt. Colin Fagan.

Ellis drove a dark green 1994 Mazda pickup with a gray stripe.

The vehicle's Oregon license plate is UGU 762. He was wearing a navy blue windbreaker, a gray fisherman's cap, blue jeans and multicolored long-sleeve shirt.

Ellis left his sister's home on Rogue River Highway and did not make it back to his home in the 5400 block of Pleasant Creek Road in Wimer. His family phoned the sheriff's department, which initiated an unsuccessful search.

Crews from the California Highway Patrol and deputies from Curry, Josephine and Douglas counties helped with the search, Winters said.

Anyone with information on Ellis or his vehicle is asked to call the sheriff's department tip line at 776-8300.

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