Nov. 9—LA GRANDE — A report of a wrong-way driver on Interstate 84 helped the Oregon State Police solve a missing person case on Sunday, Nov. 7.
The OSP received the report at about 1:40 a.m. Sunday, one of a driver traveling east in a westbound lane west of La Grande. OSP Trooper Jason Henry responded and located the driver, a 69-year-old woman from Richland, Washington. She had stopped the Hyundai Elantra she was driving in front of a snow plow operated by the Oregon Department of Transportation, one which was blocking a westbound lane of traffic, according to the Oregon State Police.
After determining that no intoxication was involved, Henry reported to OSP's dispatch center the license plate number of the vehicle the woman was driving.
Henry then learned from OSP dispatch that the vehicle the license plate was registered for, was reportedly associated with a missing person's report out of Richland. Henry then confirmed that the Richland woman was the missing person and arranged through the Richland Police Department to have her caretaker and a family member come pick up her and the vehicle.
The woman had been missing since 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6.
No citations were issued by the OSP.
Dick Mason is a reporter with The Observer primarily covering the communities of North Powder, Imbler, Island City and Union, education, Union County veterans programs and local history. Dick joined The Observer in 1983, first working as a sports and outdoors reporter.