UPDATE: Michael was found by searchers at about 11:45 this morning a short distance from where his car was discovered Wednesday night. No cause of death was announced, but there was no foul play suspected and it was not seen as suicide.
Michael Dalton, 55, went missing after he did not return home from a forklift job in Salem on Wenesday.
Michael’s car was found by a hiker stuck in the mud on a road about 12 miles east of the town of Scott Mills.
Searchers and dogs spent Thursday searching for Michael but did not find him.
The authorities said that Michael had a terminal medical issue and his girlfriend said he had not been showing up at his doctor appointments or taking his medication.
“Mr. Dalton’s car was stuck in the mud, but he could have easily walked a few miles down the road to houses and businesses in the area,” said Senior Deputy Dave Zahn of the Marion County Sheriff Office.
Michael is 5’9″ tall and 210 pounds with gray hair and a mustache. He was wearing blue jeans, black boots and a black leather motorcycle with wings on the back.