Local government

UPDATE: Sheriff’s office pauses search for missing Washington state man

JUNTURA – The Malheur County Sheriff’s Office is pausing its search for a missing Kirkland, Wash., man near Juntura until weather clears.

The search for Eric Westfall began Monday, May 6, between Juntura and Westfall after Westfall’s father contacted the sheriff’s office.

Malheur County Undersheriff Dave Kesey said Wednesday, May 8, deputies and search and rescue crews covered more than a 1,000 miles Monday and Tuesday and “didn’t see any sign of him.”
“We haven’t heard any information he is located anywhere else so we will definitely be looking at it again,” said Kesey.

The search is paused as officials wait for muddy back roads to dry out.

Westfall was on a road trip from Washington to Payson, Ariz., to see his father. The last contact with Westfall was April 17 when he talked to his mother and was camping north of Juntura.

Westfall, 50, is five-foot-10-inches tall and weighs 200 pounds. He was driving a 2013 silver Nissan Xterra and had with him a dog with three legs named Tripper.

Anyone with any information on Westfall should contact the Malheur County Sheriff’s Office at 541-473-5125.

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