Former VA 'Dom' director remains missing

I would like to ask you if anyone at the Mail Tribune has done an update on Max McIntosh, the former VA "Dom" director that went missing several months ago. All I ever saw in the Tribune was that he was missing.

I dropped by his house recently and was told by a neighbor that they found his body. Seems really odd to me that a man of his position could be found deceased, and there was no story. Maybe I just missed it.

— Brad M., Eagle Point

Sadly, the disappearance of Max McIntosh, 76, remains an open case, according to Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau.

McIntosh, the former director of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics, went missing in March 2012 near Lake Shasta, Calif.

Local police contacted Shasta County Sheriff's Office search teams, who joined them in combing the area where McIntosh's truck was found abandoned.

The truck was found without gas near Lake Shasta, near a deeply wooded wildland, Budreau said.

"It was an exhaustive search by everyone involved, but we weren't able to find any trace of Mr. McIntosh," Budreau said. "But the case has just gone cold."

Investigators looked into McIntosh's financial and phone records but were unable to determine if he had made it out of the woods. No witnesses have reported seeing him in the Lake Shasta area or Jackson County, which was where he made his home.

Police do not know why McIntosh left his home or where he was going that day.

Anyone with information on McIntosh's whereabouts or who has had contact with him is asked to contact Detective Tony Young at 541-770-4784.

Send questions to "Since You Asked," Mail Tribune Newsroom, P.O. Box 1108, Medford, OR 97501; by fax to 541-776-4376; or by email to We're sorry, but the volume of questions received prevents us from answering all of them.

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