Missing Phoenix man found dead near Bear Creek Greenway

KTVL (Courtesy: Phoenix Police)

The search for a Jackson County man is come to an end. Phoenix police held a press conference Wednesday afternoon to announce they had found the body of Gary Gausen who's been missing for three and half weeks.

Phoenix Police Chief Derek Bowker said investigators recovered the body they believe to be Gausen, although DNA tests are expected to confirm that.

"There was several signs it was him. We found his ID and the clothes he was wearing matches his description. We are pretty sure it's him," Bowker said.

At this time, Bowker does not suspect foul play.

"Nothing seemed out of the ordinary," Bowker said.

Bowker said the body was found about a half mile from the man's home in thick underbrush near the Bear Creek Greenway.

"The officer who found him actually had to use a machete to get to him. He actually went out yesterday and was about ten feet away and didn't know it," Bowker said.

The body was located about 30 feet from the creek and bike path.

After an investigators found a ping from his cell phone in a lot near a vineyard off North Phoenix Road Aug. 7 authorities launched a search with help from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office with both ground and air resources.

"The problem with the ping is that Mr. Gausen used an old flip phone," Bowker said. "The cell phone company could only acquire an area. The pings from those cell phones are only good for about 7,000 meters."

They searched an area between Phoenix and Talent for several days but did not find anything. Officers assigned to the case have been searching daily to find him, according to the chief.

The 66-year-old Gausen was last seen on Saturday, August 3rd at his home at the Holiday RV park in Phoenix off North Phoenix Road. Gausen was from the Yreka area and recently moved from Ashland before coming to Talent.

When he initially went missing police said Gausen suffered from medical issues that required medication. It's unclear if that played a role in his death.

"The outcome is not what we had hoped," Bowker said. "But we're glad the family has closure."

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