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UPDATE - Oregon State Police is Requesting Assistance in 2017 Missing Person Case - Josephine County
On January 23, 2019 at approximately 4:00 P.M. a citizen flagged down a Josephine County Deputy and told him he discovered a truck in the river near the Argo Boat Ramp. The boat ramp is about 5 miles downstream from the town of Galice.
Deputies responded and located a green Toyota pickup in the river about 10-15 feet from the shore. There was a deceased person in the cab of the pickup. Oregon State Police Detectives responded and later confirmed the vehicle was registered to Richard Hillmann who had been reported missing in November 2017. Detectives are currently unable to confirm the identity of the deceased person.
The vehicle was removed from the river with the assistance of Josephine County Sheriff’s office Search and Rescue.
Detectives are continuing the investigation - No further information will be released at this time.
On November 22, 2017, Richard Hillmann attended a day before Thanksgiving gathering at a friend’s house on Pleasant Valley Road in Josephine County. He left the party between 8 - 9 PM in his green 1997 Toyota SR5 pickup (OR License VWT 361) and has not been seen since.
Hillmann's residence is within 5 miles of the Pleasant Valley gathering.
The Oregon State Police adopted the case in March of 2018 and has interviewed many witnesses, friends, and neighbors. Hillmann had few close associates and primarily stayed to himself.
Investigators believe that Hillmann is the victim of foul play and the person(s) involved were known to Hillman.
Oregon State Police investigators are asking for the public’s help in locating Hillman and/or his vehicle. If anyone has seen Hillmann, the vehicle, or have any information regarding his disappearance they are asked to contact the Oregon State Police Southern Command Center at 541-776-6111 or OSP and reference case number SP18-076662 / Detective John Anderson.