Tuesday, July 11, 2017

UPDATE#2: Car seen 29th: (Clarification: No meeting this thursday)- Cowlitz Sheriff investigates missing 91 year old Kelso man whose car found near Mt. St. Helens (Photo)


News Release from Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: July 11th, 2017 8:28 AM
Downloadable file: MISSING:
Downloadable file: Missing:
Cowlitz County: July 10th. Case Number A17-2008.

(Clarification -There is NO meeting this week).

UPDATE: #2 -Detective Gladson learned that Mr. Johnson's car was actually spotted by some young men on Thursday, the 29th about 6:00 p.m. (Where it was found on the 30th) The car was abandoned with no one around. They did not report it until later when they saw FaceBook and Media reports and made the connection to Mr. Johnson's disappearance.

This narrows the time frame from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on the 29th when Mr. Johnson was seen on his daily walk in the neighborhood to about 6:00 p.m. when the car was spotted up near Mt. St. Helens which is more than a 2 hour drive from where Mr. Johnson lived.

Detectives and members of the Johnson family reviewed the video from the Longview Dollar Tree store taken on the 29th but it is not clear in the video if Mr. Johnson actually visited there. The employee does remember seeing a match who matched Mr. Johnson's likeness in the the store near the noon hour. Mr. Johnson did frequent that store.

The Cowlitz Sheriff's Office is sending letters to fast-food restaurants that Mr. Johnson would have typically visited asking them to preserve and send copies of their video on the 29th in hopes Mr. Johnson may have visited one of these restaurants. We are asking that the video recordings be sent to the Sheriff's Office made attention to Detective Lorenzo Gladson.

Previous information listed below ----------------------------------------------------

UPDATE: Due to several requests by media to meet with the family members; They will be available to meet with media tomorrow (Thursday) at 10:30 a.m. at the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office. We are located in the Hall of Justice at 312 S.W. 1t Ave. Kelso, Washington.


Wilford R. "Ray" Johnson was reported as a missing person to the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office on 06/30/2017 by his family. Johnson was last seen on the morning of 06/29/2017 by his neighbors. The family reported that both Johnson and his vehicle, a sliver Honda were missing. When Johnson had not returned home by the next morning, the family reported him missing. Johnson's vehicle was subsequently on Friday (30th) located unoccupied in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest of Skamania County east of Cougar, WA.

Mr. Johnson is reported to have been in the Dollar Store in Longview mid-day on the 29th as well.

Johnson is 91 years of age and described as 5'11", 180 lbs., blue eyes and balding with white/grey hair. He is considered fit for his age, but his family is understandably very concerned about him. They do not believe he would have driven up to the area where his car was found.

The Skamania County Sheriff's Office and Search and Rescue personnel conducted an extensive search over 3 days in the area where Mr. Johnson's vehicle was located but no signs of Mr. Johnson was found. Several members of Johnson's family were on scene and helped during the search over the weekend. The search of that immediate area has been called off.

Cowlitz Detective Lorenzo Gladson met with relatives this morning and is the lead detective on the case. While there are no signs of foul play, the Sheriff's Office is keeping an open mind about all possibilities surrounding the disappearance of Mr. Johnson.

There are two photos attached to this media Release, the one of Mr. Johnson wearing a "Seabee" hat and glasses is a current photo provided by the family. They report he usually wears this hat. The other is a drivers license photo.

The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office is seeking information from anyone who may know of Johnson's whereabouts, or who may have had contact with or seen Johnson and his silver Honda since the morning of 06/29/2017. Anyone with information is asked to call (360) 577-3092, reference CCSO case #A17-2008.

Callers who wish to remain anonymous can use their smart phones and text a tip using the TIP411 APP and make the information to the attention to the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office.
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