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  • Where is he?

    19-year-old granddaughter of Truman Tollefson, 87, struggles with hope and dread since the Medford man disappeared on Dec. 5
  • Even though she's back in school, Amanda Wolfe hasn't stopped searching for her 87-year-old grandfather, Truman Tollefson, who disappeared Dec. 5.
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  • Even though she's back in school, Amanda Wolfe hasn't stopped searching for her 87-year-old grandfather, Truman Tollefson, who disappeared Dec. 5.
    He'd stepped out that evening for a drive to the bank and supermarket, a routine couple of errands. But he never returned, and police have been unable to find Tollefson or his car after a month of searching.
    "It's just really hard because you really have to move on without moving on," said Wolfe, a 19-year-old sophomore at Southern Oregon University.
    Medford police still are in touch with the family weekly and continue to take information.
    "It's still an active investigation, and we are following up on information that comes in," Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said. "We've reached a point where — other than tracking his financial records and talking with the family — we've exhausted all leads on trying to locate him."
    No suspicious financial activity has been reported, police said. The last image of Tollefson is from a surveillance video taken at 5:13 p.m. inside Wells Fargo Bank, 1320 E. McAndrews Road, the night he disappeared. A few possible sightings were reported during the first few days of searching, but none of them turned up anything concrete, police said.
    Jackson County Search and Rescue combed an area on Dead Indian Memorial Road, responding to a potential sighting, but didn't find anything. Wolfe and other family members continue to be on the lookout.
    "It's kind of like you're always looking, even if you're not purposely looking," Wolfe said. "You're more focused. Every little weird thing kind of jumps out at you."
    Friends and acquaintances have been supportive, she added, and are helping where they can. They will text her an occasional picture of a car that looks like the one he drove — a heavily oxidized, silver, 1981 Buick Century — to ask whether it was his.
    "We're doing the best we can. It doesn't go away," Wolfe said. "You still have to go on with your daily lives."
    Wolfe said her grandfather was lucid and did not have any diagnosed brain disorders such as dementia. She described him as a hard-working individual who provided well for his family. He worked in a local mill most of his professional life and had lived at his home on Brookhurst Street for the past 50 years after moving to the area from Astoria. Recently, he lived with Wolfe's aunt and two cousins.
    "He was one of the most hard-working people," Wolfe said. "Just an overall really good guy."
    Tollefson was last seen wearing a tan coat, black jeans, white tennis shoes and glasses. He is 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighs 135 pounds and is balding. His vehicle's Oregon license plate is NAL 564.
    Anyone with information about Tollefson's disappearance are asked to call Medford police at 541-774-2200.
    Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@mailtribune.com.
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