Missing Person Located

Josephine Co. Sheriff's Office

On Friday December 6, 2019 at approximately 1354 hrs, the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an unoccupied vehicle located down an embankment on a forest service road south of Takilma by Christmas Tree Hunters. Josephine County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and confirmed the vehicle belonged to Missing Person, Russell Wilcox.  A deceased male was located approximately 100 ft down the embankment, directly below the vehicle. Due to night conditions and very steep terrain, it was determined a recovery would be unsafe at this time. 

On Saturday December 7, 2019 Josephine County SAR – Rope Rescue/High Angle Team responded and recovered the deceased.  At approximately 0857 hrs, the Sheriff’s Office positively identified the decedent as Russell Wilcox and was able to notify next of kin.  

Wilcox was reported missing on November 29, 2019 at 2021 hrs after he was last seen driving on Waldo Road with Grants Pass as his destination.  After that report, Josephine County Search and Rescue had been actively searching for Mr. Wilcox with the assistance of IV Cert, IV Fire, Del Norte Co, Douglas Co, Siskiyou Co and Jackson Co.