Gary Dale Finck
Finck, approximately 2004
Date reported missing : 01/29/2004
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 04/25/1950 (71)
Age at the time of disappearance: 53 years old
Height / Weight : 5'10, 160 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A yellow coat and possibly a baseball cap.
Medical conditions : Finck is autistic and mentally disabled, although he is able to live independently and ride the bus. He also has epilepsy and requires medication to control his seizures.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes. Finck's hair may be greasy and/or disheveled, and he was unshaven at the time of his disappearance. He may have loud, garbled speech.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Finck was last seen at his family's cabin in Estacada, Oregon on January 29, 2004. He told his brother-in-law he was going for a walk, and never returned.
Finck had just moved to the cabin in late December 2003, after his mother's death. Before, he had lived in Washington Square in Tigard, Oregon. Investigators watched his former home in Tigard to see if he might return there, but he did not.
His usual routines included attending a sheltered workshop in Hillsboro, Washington and visiting the Arc to collect spending money, but he has not been to either place since his disappearance. He usually walks or uses public transportation to get around; he has a bus pass.
Two witnesses in the local area reported seeing Finck in February 2004, the month after he vanished. They said he appeared to be in good health. His sister believes he may have chosen to travel the area.
Finck is believed to be in danger because of his disabilities. His case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
September 2021 updates and sources
Washington County Health and Human Services Department
KGW.com News for Oregon and Southwest Washington
AWARES, the All Wales Autism Resource
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October 12, 2004. August 6, 2010; middle name, picture and DOB : added, Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : and Medical conditions : updated.