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Police still looking for missing Ashland-area man

Harold Hardesty, 86, who vanished April 10 from his 20-acre ranch in the 1200 block of Oak Street, just outside the Ashland city limits, remains on the Jackson County Sheriff’s department radar 80 days after he went missing.

“We are still searching the area weekly,” says Lt. Jeremy Whipple of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. “We’re doing as much as we can for the moment.”

Hardesty, a former NASCAR driver who drove in nine Grand National races with six Top-10 finishes, has been missing since he went for a walk and never came back, his family said. They reported to searchers that he suffers from dementia.

His property is bucolic with a large home surrounded by white picket fences. A modern home sits nearby a larger home down the long driveway. There are ponds on the property and it is near Bear Creek.

Hardesty built a complete replica of a Gilmore gas station and kept many of his vintage cars on the property.

Harold Hardesty