Every year people go missing hiking in the beautiful wilderness of Oregon State. Most are found alive, some are found deceased, but some go missing without a trace. These are the 10 hikers who have gone missing while hiking in Oregon and have never been seen again – alive or dead.
Highlights of these cases are listed below, but watch the video to learn more details about each case.
Oregon’s Missing Hikers
Wayne Falconer Wikel – He was 48 Years when he went missing on 6/14/1992 near Hood River, OR in the Eagle Creek area off of trail #401. Wayne Wikel is a white male, approximately 6’ tall and 155 lbs. He has brown receding hair and hazel eyes. Due to a previous injury he may walk with a slight limp and would be 78 years old this year. If you have any information about the disappearance of Wayne Wikel please contact Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office at (503) 988-4300 and reference case number 92-5491
Timothy Sparrow – Timothy was 40 years old when he went missing on 8/5/1992 near Separation Trailhead off the McKenzie Highway. Timothy is a white male, approx. 6’1” and 175lbs. He has reddish hair with blue eyes. He would be 70 years old this year. If you have any information about the disappearance of Timothy Sparrow please contact the Lane County Sheriff’s Office at (541) 682-4150 and reference case number LCSO92-8359
Daming Xu – Daming was 63 years old when he went missing on 11/4/2007 hiking to the summit of Olallie Mountain. Daming is a Asian male, is approximately 5’7” and 150 lbs. He would have Black hair and Brown eyes and would be 73 years old this year. If you have any information about the disappearance of Daming Xu please contact the Lane County Sheriff’s Office at (541) 682-4150 and reference case number LCSO 07-9349
Robert Bissell – Robert was 57 years old when he went missing on 7/12/2010 hiking and camping near Rock Lakes above Estacada, OR – Trailhead 700. Robert Bissell is a white male, approx., 5’5, 135 – 150 lbs, with greying hair and green eyes. He would be 70 years old this year. If you have any information about the disappearance of Robert Bissell please contact the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office at (503) 785-5000 and reference case number 2010-22782
Margaret Kohler – Margaret was 53 years old when she went missing on 2/18/2011 while mushroom hunting on the Cummins Ridge Road Trailhead. Margaret is a white female, approx.. 5’7” and 300 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. She would be 65 years old this year. If you have any information about the disappearance of Margaret Kohler please contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at (541) 265-4277 and reference case number 2011-1568
Alissa McCrann – Alissa was 37 years old went she went missing on 12/19/2015 while trail running near Multnomah Falls. Alissa McCrann is an Asian female, approx.. 5’3” and 145 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes. She would be 44 years old this year. If you have any information about the disappearance of Alissa McCrann please contact the Portland Police Bureau at (503) 823-0400 and reference case number 15-433682
Sanford “Sandy” Rice – Sanford was 75 years old when he went missing on 6/23/2016 while hiking in the Marion Lake area off Hwy 22. . Sanford Rice is a white male, approx. 5’ 7” and 160 lbs. with white hair and beard and blue eyes. He would be 82 years old this year. Anyone who has any information about the disappearance of Sanford Rice should contact the Linn County Sheriff’s Office at (541) 967-3950 and reference case number 16-10471
Thomas McAdams – Thomas was 67 years old when he went missing on 9/24/2016 after his car was found near the trailhead to Horsetail Falls by Multnomah Falls. Thomas McAdams is a white male, approx. 5’ 11” and 165 lbs with gray hair, green eyes, and a mustache. He may be experiencing memory issues. If you have any information about the disappearance of Thomas McAdams please contact the Portland Police Bureau at (503) 823-0400 and reference case number 16-310581
Michael Scofield – Michael was 39 years old when he went missing on 8/17/2020 after his car was located near Rooster Rock trailhead. Michael Scofield is a white male, approx. 5’11” and 180 lbs, with brown receding hair and a full beard, and green eyes. If you have any information about the disappearance of Michael Scofield please contact the Keizer Police Department at (503) 390-3713 and reference case number 20-2679
Daniel Wheeler – Daniel was 68 years old when he went missing on 10/29/2020 after he went on a hike looking for mushrooms near Coos Bay, OR. Daniel Wheeler is a white male, 5′ 8″ and is approx. 200 lbs, is balding with grey hair and blue eyes. He would be 70 years old this year. If you have any information about the disappearance of Daniel Wheeler please contact Coos County Sheriff’s Office at (541) 396-7800 and reference case number S20-26341
Be Prepared When Hiking! Every time!
Hiking Safety Tips
- Don’t hike alone – Yes, many people may want to hike alone to enjoy some peace and quiet, but if you get into trouble – you are all alone.
- Tell others where you’ll be and when you should be done – That way, if you should get lost, someone will be alerted soon after you are late and be able to tell authorities where you went.
- Bring a GPS device – even on well populated trails, there is often NO cell signal. Definitely bring a fully charged cell phone, but also have an alternate device to be able to track your GPS location, lead you back to safety, and send a SOS signal.
- Bring bear spray – this will protect you not only from animal wildlife, but from human predators as well.
- Bring a source for fire and water – water and fire can help you survive longer. Bring waterproof matches and a lighter to help you start a fire for warmth and to signal help. Also bring water bottles. Plus, there are many light and portable water filtering systems to allow you to drink water safely out in the wilderness.
- Bring a first aid kit – Injuries can spell doom for a lost hiker. Have the means to patch yourself up if you fall or get injured.