Medford man, 22, remains missing

Has that young Medford man who disappeared outside Grants Pass in June been found? I was concerned about the man and am hoping there's a happy ending to this story.

— Brian D., Medford

The search for 22-year-old Chase Cook continues, and Medford police hope that local hunters will keep an eye out for his truck now that hunting season is upon us.

Cook's family is concerned for his safety after he disappeared earlier this summer, leaving behind all of his belongs except a gun.

Cook was last seen June 23 at a Minute Market on East Main Street in Medford.

He left the area in his 1971 blue and white GMC pickup. It has an Oregon license plate number YUF382.

His truck was spotted outside Grants Pass in late June. It was parked along Highway 238 near Provolt. It appeared abandoned to passers-by.

The pickup sat along the highway for days before it mysteriously disappeared, Cook's family said.

Cook's family said he had become depressed after moving to Jackson County from Colorado.

He left all his friends behind and had trouble meeting new ones, his family said.

He was laid off from his job at Erickson Air-Crane and was living on unemployment before his disappearance.

Medford police are asking any hunters in the areas outside Grants Pass to watch out for an abandoned truck matching Cook's.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Chase Cook is asked to call the Medford Police Department at 541-770-4783.

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