Teams scour Tillamook Forest for Ryan Horn, missing from Hillsboro

HornAfter five days of disappointment, searchers continued to look for Ryan Ross Horn Tuesday in forested areas off Highway 26 near Banks.

The 28-year-old has been missing from his Hillsboro home since Aug. 29.

“The sharpness of the pain is agonizing,” Horn’s sister, Jessica Bledsoe of Cornelius, wrote on her Facebook page around 3 p.m. Sept. 2. “The kindness of strangers is overwhelming.”

More than 100 volunteers joined Hillsboro Police, Tillamook County deputies, Oregon State Police and park rangers to scour the area near the Manning trailhead and Northwest Pihl Road around mid-day Monday, when the search had expanded to Washington, Tillamook and Columbia counties.

Private planes circled the sky above the Tillamook Forest over the holiday weekend in an attempt to spot Horn from the air.

Horn, who works as an inspector for Genentech Inc., a Hillsboro biotechnology company, was thought to be traveling alone in a dark red 2002 Ford Ranger pickup. Family members believe he headed west on the Sunset Highway or Highway 6. His last cell phone activity pinged off the Lodge Road cell tower near Banks.

Horn has short brown hair and blue eyes and is 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds. He was wearing dark “skinny” jeans and a dark gray hooded jacket when he was last seen. He reportedly was carrying a gun.

“The search has not stopped since he left home,” said his mother, Michele Haynes of Hillsboro. “If we locate his truck, we’ll find him.”

Haynes said Horn, who suffers from bipolar disorder and is under a doctor’s care, had recently been despondent over a stressful family situation. “He just took off out of the room” where family members were having a conversation last Thursday morning, she said, and left his wallet behind.

“I grew concerned when he didn’t answer my phone calls or text messages,” said Haynes, who added that she found Horn’s empty prescription bottles on the floor of his bedroom.

By Monday, she feared the worst. “I’m afraid we’re going to get some very bad news,” Haynes said. “I think Ryan was impaired that morning in a way we weren’t aware of. I think he did something impulsive.”

A Facebook page called “Missing Person — Ryan Horn” is being updated several times a day with the latest news. Haynes said the page had been shared thousands of times in an effort to get the word out about Horn.

Searchers came up empty Monday afternoon, but vowed to return to the area Tuesday. Meanwhile, Horn’s loved ones waited and hoped.

“Our greatest wish is that we bring him home, no matter what,” said Haynes. Det. Marth Bual of the Hillsboro Police Department and Deputy Dean Burdick of the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office were leading the investigation.

Police are asking anyone who spots Horn’s truck, which carries Oregon plates 806 FFR, to immediately call 911. Information can be found online at

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