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Police: body may be missing Phoenix man

Phoenix police believe they have found the body of a Phoenix man who went missing earlier this month.

Gary Gausen, 66, was last seen Saturday, Aug. 3, at his home in Phoenix. Since he was reported missing, Phoenix police, aided by search-and-rescue rescue teams with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, have been trying to locate him.

After pinging Gausen’s cellphone in a lot near a vineyard, teams conducted a ground and air search earlier this month between Phoenix and Talent. That search included three drones, an airplane and about two dozen ground searchers, some on horseback.

At about 9 a.m. Wednesday, police found a body about a quarter-mile south of the Bear Creek Bridge near the Bear Creek Greenway. They believe it is Gausen but are still awaiting a confirmation from the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office. Chief Derek Bowker said Gausen’s identification was found on the body, and the clothes worn matched clothing worn by Gausen in photos.

“We’re almost positive,” Bowker said.

Gausen is new to the area and was described as finding company with the local transient community, according to police. He does not drive, and has medical issues that require medication. Gausen has not contacted any of his family or neighbors since his disappearance.

He was described as a white man about 5-feet-6 and 155 pounds with gray, shoulder-length hair and hazel eyes.

Gary Gausen