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Missing man now subject of court warrant

Tyler Jeremy Evans, who hasn’t been seen since early March, didn’t arrive Friday for change of plea hearing

A missing man wanted on 10 sex-related charges failed to appear in court Friday for a scheduled change of plea hearing, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Tyler Jeremy Evans, 22, is accused of 10 Class A felonies: three counts of first-degree rape, six counts of first-degree sodomy and one count of first-degree unlawful sexual penetration, according to a grand jury indictment filed with the court in September 2020.

Evans has been reported as a missing person, according to the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office.

Evans pleaded not guilty to all of the charges, which allegedly occurred from 2012 to 2015.

Evans’ dog was found March 19 walking alone near a road in Trail. Authorities said Evans was thought to have been traveling with his dog in early March when he went missing.

An Associated Press story about his disappearance listed him as being a resident of Siskiyou County, California. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office reported on its Facebook page that his vehicle had been found in California.

Family members have posted information on social media in an effort to locate him.

Evans was living in Medford when the charges were brought against him, a court document stated. He was scheduled to enter a plea March 29 but the hearing was continued to Friday.

A three-day trial had been set in February, but the plan for him to enter a plea made the trial unnecessary.

Phone calls to his two defense lawyers, Justin Rosas and Jeni Feinberg, weren’t returned Friday.

His original security bond was $1 million. It was reduced to $250,000 in February 2021.

Anyone with information about Evans’ whereabouts was asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 541-776-7206.