Reward offered for Eugene man missing under ‘strange circumstances’

According to accounts by friends and loved-ones, Watts was visiting Portland from Eugene on May 1.

Posted: May 10, 2021 11:07 AM
Updated: May 10, 2021 11:10 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. – Friends and loved-ones of Michael Watts, 37, are offering a $10,000 reward for information to help find the security guard and male dancer who went missing near his hotel in downtown Portland this month.

According to accounts by friends and loved-ones, Watts was visiting Portland from Eugene on May 1. He was reportedly staying at the AC Marriott hotel on Southwest 3rd Avenue and Southwest Taylor Street.

According to Watts' girlfriend, the two were on the phone when he told her someone was chasing after him. The call abruptly ended around 10:25 p.m., according to a Facebook group that has been created to help find the missing man.

Multiple friends said there is no explanation for his disappearance, having had no known enemies or a reason to want to run away. Authors of the page called his disappearance ‘strange’ and many friends are bewildered.

“We're not really sure what happened at this point, but all his belongings were in the hotel room,” said Alyssa Doughty, a friend of Watts' girlfriend.

Watts' phone was found on the street by a stranger, and Doughty said his car was near the hotel.

According to the Facebook group, Watts' is best known for his stage persona Freddie Hollywood, a Freddie Mercury impersonation. He’s described as a local ‘queer celebrity’. Others who know Watts' described him as a man who was happy and loved his job.

“I haven't gone a day in seven years where I haven't gotten a phone call from him. And he's not the type of guy that would not have a cell phone on,” said one friend, who requested to remain anonymous.

Portland Police Bureau’s Missing Persons Unit is investigating the disappearance. Anyone with information on Watts' location is asked to call 911.

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