EUGENE, Ore. — It’s been nearly three months since a Eugene man went missing, and his family is looking for answers.
Jake Dutton’s mother is in a lot of pain, wondering what happened to her 32-year-old son. He was last heard from back in June and his car was found near the French Pete Creek Trail near the Cougar Reservoir seven weeks ago.
His mother, Cynthia Boucher, who lives in Washington, says Lane County Search and Rescue crews conducted searches of the trail but found no signs of him. LCSO is still searching when it can.
Boucher says she’s frustrated that the truck sat abandoned in the parking lot of the trailhead for seven weeks before the Forest Service reported it. She says she knows her son wouldn’t have done anything to harm himself. She thinks something tragic happened on the trial and just wants him found.
“In 24 hours our lives were changed, and my heart just kind of breaks into smaller pieces every day. I was hopeful, but I am not so hopeful anymore,” Boucher said.
The head detective on this case says Dutton’s truck was impounded, but there doesn’t appear to be anything criminal about this investigation.
This isn’t the first person from Eugene to go missing from that trail. A couple of years ago another man went missing on that same trail and and has never been found.