A California man whose mother reported him missing has been found safe at a Talent motel.

A California man whose mother reported him missing has been found safe at a Talent motel.

Thomas Patrick Moore's elderly mother called the Jackson County Sheriff's Department Tuesday after not hearing from her son, 57, for several days. She had last talked to him on Saturday after he took his Volkswagen into Valley View Auto Repair on Valley View Road in Ashland, Jackson County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Colin Fagan.

After that, his cell phone had been inactive, and investigators and his mother worried that trouble could have befallen him.

Moore, who grew up in the Medford area, was traveling from Portland back home to California after a business trip when his car broke down over the weekend, Fagan said.

Detectives tracked transactions on Moore's debit card to find him at a motel in Talent, Fagan said. Moore didn't realize he had been reported missing and was the subject of a search.

Investigators help put him back in touch with his mother and retrieve his car from the shop.

— Anita Burke