Search under way for California man who disappeared Sunday

A California man traveling through Jackson County disappeared this weekend after his car broke down in Ashland.

Thomas Patrick Moore, 57, last made contact with his mother via cell phone on Saturday after he turned his Volkswagen into Valley View Auto Repair on Valley View Road in Ashland, according to Jackson County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Colin Fagan.

"The workers there last saw him walking away from the shop on foot on Sunday," Fagan said.

Moore, who is described by his mother as a "vulnerable" person in poor health, was returning to California after traveling to Portland on business.

His mother contacted sheriff's detectives Tuesday after not hearing from Moore since Saturday.

The detectives searched local hospitals, missions and hotels but did not find any sign of Moore. They spoke with T-Mobile officials who told them that there has been no cell phone activity involving Moore's phone since it died this weekend, Fagan said.

"Our concern is that he may have met foul play or is in some medical need because it has been dropping to below freezing at night this week," Fagan said.

Moore currently has no friends or family in the Rogue Valley, but did grow up in the Medford area.

Moore is described as standing 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighing 220 pounds. He has a gray hair and a full gray beard.

Local law enforcement move aggressively on missing persons cases since the Kim family tragedy late last year. The Kims were traveling through the area on their way back to San Francisco when their car became snowbound on Bear Camp Road in Josephine County. James Kim died of hypothermia after striking out for help.

"We immediately put a detective on a case dealing with a missing person," Fagan said.

Fagan hopes to have a picture of Moore available to the media today.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Jackson County Sheriff's Department at 774-6800.

Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 776-4471, or e-mail

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