Search suspended for missing 83-year-old from Wimer

Rescue crews have suspended their search for an 83-year-old Wimer man who went missing Monday after visiting his sister in Rogue River, police said.

Jackson County search and rescue crews combed the area surrounding Wimer looking for Hugh Ellis, who was reported missing at around 3 p.m. Monday, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Winters said.

Crews were aided by two helicopters in their search Monday night.

Ellis drives a dark green 1994 Mazda pickup with a gray stripe. The vehicle has an Oregon license plate reading UGU 762. He was wearing a navy blue windbreaker, a gray fisherman's cap, blue jeans and multicolored long-sleeve shirt.

Winters is concerned for Ellis' health and hopes anyone driving during the holiday weekend might spot him or his truck.

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 concerned family phoned the sheriff's department and the search was under way, Winters said.

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

Anyone who spots Ellis or his vehicle is asked to call the sheriff's department dispatch at 776-7206.

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