BANDON — A Bandon man suffering from dementia who went missing Thursday afternoon, June 4, was found safe and unharmed more than 100 miles from his home Thursday evening, following a search that involved multiple agencies.
The Coos County 911 Center received information regarding a missing person on Thursday evening. Robert "Bob" Ellsworth Dearth, 78, was last seen in the area of his residence on Two Mile Lane south of Bandon at about 2:45 p.m. He was described as 5 feet, 6 inches, 150 pounds, grey hair, blue-green eyes and wears glasses and wearing tan Carhartt pants, a grey Bass Pro jacket, green vest and black slip-on shoes.
A press release from the Coos County Sheriff's Office said Dearth may have been carrying a flowered pillowcase and that he had no ID or wallet with him. Dearth has dementia, but can remember his address and name, the release stated.
The Coos County Sheriff’s, along with Coos County Search and Rescue, including a K9 officer, Bandon Police Department, Bandon Fire Department and local family and residents were actively searching for Dearth. His stepdaughter posted on social media asking for help and the post was shared hundreds of times, with tips coming in from people who reported they had seen Dearth walking on Two Mile Lane, or hitchhiking on U.S. Highway 101. A couple people reported having seen him near Elk River Road.
Finally, a call came in from a gas station in Crescent City at about 9:30 p.m., confirming Dearth was there. His family immediately set off to pick him up while the Del Norte Sheriff's Office transported Dearth to their facility until family arrived.
Dearth is the husband of Gina Dearth, longtime Port of Bandon general manager, now retired. Bob Dearth was harbormaster for the Port of Bandon for more than 15 years, after retiring as a commercial fisherman based out of Crescent City.