Monday, May 6 2013, 01:30 AM CDT
Found body brings family closure
By Molly Trotter/KTVL.COM
MEDFORD, Ore. -- The search for a missing 87-year-old man, Truman Tollefson, has finally come to an end.
"There is sadness but yet we can have closure," said Shelly Schneider, Tollefson's oldest daughter.
Sunday morning, Tollefson's 1981 Buick Century Sedan was found in a rural area outside of Rogue River.
"He was with the car when a man and his wife found, saw the car and called it in and that is how they found him," Schneider said.
When the couple found Tollefson, it was apparent he had been dead for some time.
Tollefson's oldest daughter, Shelly Schneider struggling to cope with the loss of her father.
"In my mind I'm thinking he was sitting or laying in the backseat and just never woke up," she said.
Tollefson was last seen on December 5 running errands in Medford before he went missing. Schneider and her boys have been living at Tollefson's home since he went missing five months ago, hoping he would come walking through the front door.
"There is always that itsy bitsy bit of hope that he will pull up and that's why the boys and i are still here. we kept thinking he's not, we will not let him come home to an empty house," Schneider said.
Countless search parties scoured all over Rogue Valley looking for Tollefson and his family couldn't be more grateful to have closure.
"We couldn't have done it without you guys, no one could have done it without the public. I've heard this is one of the biggest outpoors that Medford has seen for a missing person and i cannot thank you enough," Schneider said.
The family is looking into setting up a fund to help pay for the funeral, but nothing has been set up at this time.