Awareness goes global but still no sign of missing Metro employee
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office search and rescue team re-canvassed sections around Riddle High School today, and found no signs or clues in Mark Bosworth’s disappearance. A detective described these sections to Julie, Mark's wife, as "critical areas." These areas were previously canvassed by volunteer firefighters in the days after Mark vanished on September 16.
The detective told Julie that all residents the team members talked with today were "very accommodating." He also said the re-canvassing was more than a one-day operation, indicating more efforts, but not when they will be.
When Mark, a 20-year employee of Metro, disappeared, he was wearing black athletic pants, a gray "Going Coastal" Cycle Oregon sweatshirt, a yellow Oregon Cycling hat and brown bike shoes. He also had a blue Cycle Oregon wristband, a Petzl brand headlamp, a black over-the-shoulder bag and an iPhone with a dead battery.
People around the world learning about Mark's disappearance
In the past week, the FindMark.org website has had more than 86,000 hits. While originally the highest percentage of traffic came from Portland, during the last few days the hits have spread out with people from every continent around the globe, except Antarctica, visiting the site.
Hospital calls believed to have helped raise awareness
The increase in visits to www.FindMark.org coincide with calls to hospitals across the county by volunteers recruited through Facebook and Twitter. The volunteers, ranging in age from a 94-year-old grandfather to a teenager, have contacted more than 1400 hospitals in 21 states including Oregon, Washington, California, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota, Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, Missouri, Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and New York. Sunday night on the Find Mark Facebook page, Julie thanked the volunteers. "Thank you so very much," she wrote. "Words do not express my gratitude to the outpouring of compassion and efforts."
The hope is that one of the hospitals called will have an unidentified patient and contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office after being made aware of Mark's situation. Doctors believe that the cancer Mark has successfully battled twice in the past has returned and spread to his brain. Pressure on the brain will lead to the brain stem, impacting Mark's vital organs if he does not get treatment soon.
If anyone sees Mark, call 911. He will be suffering severe headaches and may be acting withdrawn and unresponsive. Anyone who believes they saw Mark previously is asked to call the tip line: 541-957-2099. A $10,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to Mark.