Search turns up no sign of missing man

More than dozen members of Baker County’s Search and Rescue unit searched for many hours in rugged terrain this weekend but didn’t find a man who was reported missing in Baker City and whose car was found abandoned in the middle of a forest road along Marble Creek, near the city’s watershed, early Saturday morning.

Derrick Austin Coates, 32, is a white male who stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 280 pounds, according to a flier from the Baker County Sheriff’s Office. Coates has brown hair and hazel eyes.

Baker County Undersheriff Jef Van Arsdall said a huckleberry picker found Coates’ car about 6 a.m. Saturday in the middle of a short gravel road that leads to the Forest Service’s Marble Creek Picnic Area.

The keys and wallet were in the car. The huckleberry picker moved the car to the side of the road. After returning several hours later and finding the car was still there, the person called police, Van Arsdall said.

He confirmed the car belonged to Coates, then activated the search and rescue team. Searchers, including a tracking dog and a State Police airplane, didn’t find any trace of Coates, Van Arsdall said. Anyone with information about Coates should call 541-523-6415.

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