UPDATE • Metro employee Mark Bosworth was last seen Sept. 16
The employer of Mark L. Bosworth's wife is offering a $10,000 reward for information that could lead the family to the missing Cycle Oregon volunteer.
Deckers Outdoor Corp. of Goleta, Calif., offered the reward Friday morning, a week after Mark Bosworth went missing from a Cycle Oregon camp in the Southern Oregon town of Riddle. Company officials said they wanted to help the search as a way to support Julie Bosworth, who has been in Southern Oregon for nearly a week looking for her husband.
'Our employees are like family, and so in a very real way, Mark is part of our family,' said Angel Martinez, Deckers Outdoor president and chief executive officer. 'We want to help find him and support Julie in any way we can.'
Deckers Outdoor Corp. makes and sells seven footwear brands: Ahnu, Mozo, Sanuk, Simple, Teva, Tsubo and UGG Australia.
Missing for a week
Mark Bosworth, 54, a principle graphic information system specialist in Metro's Data Resource Center in Portland, disappeared late at night Sept. 16 while working as a rider services volunteer for Cycle Oregon during the weeklong bicycle tour.
Bosworth was last seen about 11:15 p.m. near Riddle City Hall wearing a gray hoodie sweatshirt, black bicycle pants, shoes and a hat.
Riddle is a small town along Interstate 5 about 15 miles south of Roseburg in Douglas County.
Cycle Oregon participants said Bosworth's tent was empty Saturday morning. Dozens of firefighters, search-and-rescue volunteers and a K-9 tracking team searched the area, including a two-mile section of Cow Creek north of Canyonville, failing to turn up any sign of him.
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office does not suspect foul play.
The sheriff's office said this week that it is checking out reports of a hitchhiker seen early Saturday morning on Yocum Road in Riddle. Deputies also are trying to confirm reports that Bosworth may have suffered from some sort of medical issue and could be confused about where he was.
Bosworth is 6 feet tall, weighing 180 pounds with gray hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information about Bosworth's whereabouts should call the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, 541-440-4471.
About 100 volunteers, including a busload of Portland-area residents, have been searching for a week in the area around Riddle.
Bosworth is a cancer survivor whose co-workers say he was an inspiration.
'The thing that most people think of with Mark, when you think of the past few years is how courageous he was with bouts of cancer,' said Paul Couey, Metro's GIS manager. 'He showed a lot of optimism through that, when a lot of us were feeling pretty dark.'
Couey said Bosworth's co-workers were trying to stay positive as the search continues.
'At this stage, I think it's a lot less dire than that (cancer) was, and I'm trying to encourage people to follow the example he set and remain as hopeful as he can,' Couey said.
At Metro, Bosworth provides analysis and mapping for planning and transportation clients. He has also been an adjunct professor at Portland State University.
Some GIS analysts, Couey said, 'want to study a map of where he is and figure something out, but feel helpless this far away. Still, there's certainly reason for optimism.'