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Search for missing man has happy ending

Update: Tip leads police to location of Russell Welsh


Welsh A missing Beaverton man was returned home safely Friday night after a tip from a TriMet rider led police officials to a Portland transit center.

At about 7:30 p.m., Russell Welsh was located at the Rose Quarter Transit Center by a Portland police officer assigned to TriMet.

Mr. Welsh was in good condition and returned to his home by Beaverton police officers.

Volunteers from Washington County Search and Rescue and members of Beaverton's Community Emergency Response Team spent the day searching for the missing endangered man.

Volunteers joined Beaverton police to search Greenway Park, the Fanno Creek Trail and the Southwest Marylyn Place neighborhood for the 69-year-old man.

Officers had been searching for the Beaverton man since 4:11 p.m. on Thursday.

"We would like to thank the Portland Police Bureau, Search 1, Beaverton CERT, Woodburn Police Department, Tigard Police Department, Hillsboro Police Department, Washington County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police, The Dalles Police Department, local media, citizens and anyone else that may have assisted in locating Mr. Welsh," said Officer Mike Rowe, Beaverton police spokesman. "This was a collaborative effort, which resulted in the best outcome for Mr. Welsh."

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