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Police seek help in finding missing man.

Byline: Mark Baker The Register-Guard

OAKRIDGE - Police are looking for help in locating a missing man who was last seen Sept. 7. John Wesley Hicks, 47, failed to show up for work that day, said his nephew, Joshua Hicks.

"The last thing we knew, he dropped his dog off to head for work," Joshua Hicks said.

John Wesley Hicks, who is also known as "Pee Wee" or "Pete," dropped off his dog Bear at a friend's home, as he did on most days, his nephew said. It was then a routine for him to walk through Osprey Park on his way to do general labor, landscaping or fence work for his landlord.

Hicks is 5-foot-8 with closely cropped blond hair and blue eyes. He has the mental capabilities of a 12- to 14-year-old, according to a press release.

"We've checked everybody he knew, we've double-checked everybody he knew," Oakridge Deputy police Chief Dale Scobert said. "We're looking for leads from anybody."

Hicks has been known to disappear for periods of time to go camping in the woods, said Scobert, who planned to search the Oakridge area and the Willamette River by plane today. But he had always taken his dog with him before, Scobert and Joshua Hicks said.

Hicks lives in a trailer with his dog off Garden Road on the south side of town, his nephew said.

If you have any information about his disappearance, call the police department at 782-4232 or Joshua Hicks at 954-0856.
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