Missing, Tillamook State Forest, WCSO

Man ‘missing and endangered’ after empty car found near Coast Range summit

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is seeking public assistance from anyone who may have seen a man considered “missing and endangered,” after his vehicle was found empty near Highway 6 and Story Burn Road in the Tillamook State Forest.

According to a press release, Thomas Geiger, 46, was reported missing Saturday, February 26 and was last seen leaving his home near Forest Grove’s Main Street and 16th Avenue at 8 a.m. on the morning of Friday, February 25.

Geiger’s family members found his empty vehicle Friday at the summit of the coast range near Highway 6 and Storey Burn Road, a gravel logging and recreation road that pierces into a rugged part of the Tillamook State Forest.

File photo: Storey Burn Road and Highway 6, by Chas Hundley, taken January 27, 2022

Geiger was described as a white male, 5’09”, 240 pounds, bald, and with brown eyes. He was last seen Friday wearing a tan Carhartt jacket, blue jeans, a fur hat, and black shoes.

“Deputies have concerns about Geiger’s current mental health status and believe he is armed with a gun,” the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said.

The agency advised against attempting to contact him if seen, and asked that the Washington County Sheriff’s Office—or local law enforcement—be called at 503-629-0111 if he is spotted.

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Chas Hundley is the editor of the Banks Post and sister news publications the Gales Creek Journal and the Salmonberry Magazine. He grew up in Gales Creek and has a cat.

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