Troopers are continuing their investigation into a missing Sheridan man whose vehicle was located at Cape Lookout State Park.
On Tuesday, May 19 at 1 p.m. troopers responded to the report of an abandoned vehicle located at the Cape Lookout State Park – day use area south of Tillamook. Investigation revealed the registered owner, James Shook, 49, of Sheridan, had not been seen since May 13, in Lincoln City. Police learned Shook has a history of mental illness and had recently been working in Depoe Bay and residing in Sheridan.
The vehicle, a 1999 Chevy Venture Van was removed from the scene and Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue conducted a search of the immediate area.
On May 18, Oregon State Police located family and friends whom had not heard from Snook since May 13 and advised that he may be suicidal.
On May 19, Tillamook County Search and Rescue crews began searching Cape Lookout State Park including the beach areas north to the Netarts Bay entrance for Shook Shook’s vehicle was reported to 911 by park personnel after it found parked in the area for several days.
“Today (May 20), in addition to ground search personnel, the Coast Guard will fly the shoreline area, weather permitting. We are coordinating for search dogs as soon as tomorrow,” Tillamook County Sheriff Andy Long said. “Searching dense growth areas thoroughly is challenging, especially a large area such as Cape Lookout. If we are able to find evidence that indicates a last know location, that would help search teams focus on a smaller areas and sometimes aid in tracking a person’s path.
Long said a person who may be suicidal can present additional challenges.
“We have to consider that a person may have made efforts to not be found, and maybe deceased,” he said.
OSP is asking for the public’s help for information on Shook’s whereabouts. Call OSP Northern Command Center with information, at 503-375-3555.