Vanished: Kyle Peterson

Yes, I have earned a nickname like the "Inconsistent Blogger" of late…

But, back to important topics. 
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On February 24, 2014, Kyle Peterson allegedly crashed his SUV into the guardrail in Troutdale, OR.


Neighbors heard the collision and called police.

Witnesses saw Peterson apparently uninjured by the one-vehicle collision, revving the engine trying to get it unstuck.

An officer arrived shortly thereafter.  A police report indicated that Peterson told the officer that he was looking at his phone when the crash occurred.

While the officer was working the scene, Peterson allegedly got back into his SUV and began trying to again dislodge it.

This caught the officer by surprise and he ordered Peterson to stop.

Peterson then walked into the woods--a rugged area with a steep drop-off, adjacent to the Sandy River.

He has not been seen since.

A police tracking dog called to the scene lost the scent near the flowing water.

Evidently, the family brought in other tracking dogs, and the indicators also pointed to the river.

Due to unsafe conditions, authorities were unable to search the Sandy River anymore at that time, but police continue to investigate the man's disappearance.

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I noticed that detectives have not yet added Kyle Peterson's case information into the National Missing and Unidentified Person Database (NAMUS).

It is a step that many jurisdictions (including agencies in California) are now requiring investigators to complete.

Sadly, once the initial flurry of publicity passes, the details of this disappearance and others are often forgotten by the public.

It is really difficult to find someone like Kyle Peterson if no one knows he or she is missing.

17 comments:

Maxi said...

This is a very strange story, SD. The driver doesn't sound very stable.
blessings ~ maxi

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

He sounds like he was unstable. Wonder what happened.

Jessica Lawson said...

This has got to be so frustrating/heartbreaking for his friends/family.

Pat Hatt said...

Sounds like he was trying to get away from something or someone or had a place to be.

messymimi said...

So, did he get so angry that he wasn't going to be allowed to get his car dislodged that he walked off in a huff, got too close because he was angry and not paying attention, was swept into the river and drowned? Or did he disappear on purpose to keep them from figuring out that he was hiding something (driving under the influence, for example). If the latter, why is he still gone?

Strange case.

Momma Fargo said...

I agree. Sounds like he was possible suicidal or mentally unstable in some other capacity. No mention of substances detected. The time it takes to put the information out there to the proper sites is minimal and should be done. We used NAMUS a lot and they contacted us on some cases as well.

Bob G. said...

SLamdunk:
That's damn odd, that he'd just up and vanish (like some airliners in SE Asia).

I'm also thinking he was caught up in the river flow (with a mindset that was less than stable).
WHERE he eventually wound up will take time to uncover.

Good post.
Stay safe out there.

Hilary said...

This is heartbreaking. I'm not seeing mentally unstable or someone trying to get away with something here at all.

An apparent lack of injury does not mean that he wasn't in fact hurt. I'm reading a head injury from the accident. Even a mild concussion would be enough to throw someone's behaviour off this way.

And if no head injury, shock can cause anxiety and confusion. My heart aches for his family.

Secret Agent Woman said...

Looks like such a friendly guy. WOnder if there was any chance he had a closed head injury and was affected by that?

Stina Lindenblatt said...

That is so weird. Hope they find him soon and figure out why he just wandered off.

Anonymous said...

That area of I84 near the Sandy is riddled with transient camps in the brush and cotton woods.

At the same time, the rivers, the Columbia and the Sandy were swollen from rain and snow melt.

Many that disappear in the rivers do not emerge until late Spring when the waters warm of to the mid-40s.

Cheers, RD

Blond Duck said...

That's so sad.

Brian Miller said...

wow. it is rather mind blowing...that the police were there and he just walked off...and hasnt been found...i wonder if the crash did something mentally...if he just cant remember...intriguing....wonder what the message he got was as well...

lisa said...

I certainly hope someone finds him and helps him to get back home. I agree he might have a head injury that didn't allow him to think clearly afterwards. Hope he didn't fall in the river.

Slamdunk said...

Thanks for the comments all.

@ RD: I appreciate the "local" view of that area. It always helps to have a better understanding of the terrain.

@ Hilary: Good observation. That is always a possibility with a traffic collision.

Lady Lilith said...

Lol. Always keep your mind open because you never know where inspiration will come from.

Carma Sez said...

this is sad. wonder what made him walk off..