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Three months later, 78-year-old missing Irrigon man still not found

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The family recently hired a private investigator. The family recently hired a private investigator.

UPDATE: The family of 78-year-old John Getman continues to search for him after he went missing back in November.

78-year-old John Getman's family said they do not have any clues on where he is or even if he is still alive.  It has alarmed them for the past three months.

Getman left his home around 2 a.m. back in November and was last seen near the wildlife refuge west of irrigon around 9:30 a.m. that same day.  Since then, multiple agencies have searched for him including police departments, sheriff's offices, and even by helicopter.

Getman lived with Alzheimer's and diabetes, which has made the situation worse for the family.  The family just hired a private investigator to continue to search.

Getman's niece said the family will not give up. 

"I still have hope and i don't want people to just give up on him.  We haven't given up.  If he is found deceased, that's closure for us.  Until that day, we just don't want to give up," said Kelly Sullivan, Getman's niece.

Getman moved to Irrigon from New York a year ago so that his sister could take care of him.  They hope someone knows where he is or can recognize him from his pictures.  The family said they are more cautious now.  They have another family member with mental health problems and they keep a close eye on them.

If you have any information, call police. 

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PREVIOUS: 78-year-old John Getman remains missing days after disappearing from his residence in Irrigon, Oregon.  

The Morrow County Sheriff's Office continues their search for 78-year-old John Getman who also suffers from Alzheimer's disease and Diabetes.

Deputies said he left his home in Irrigon, Oregon around 2 a.m. Monday and was last seen near the Wildlife Refuge west of Irrigon around 9:30 a.m. that same morning.  He was last seen wearing a brown Carhartt jacket, brown plaid shirt, blue jeans, and sneakers.

Getman's niece, Kelly Sullivan, spoke with NBC Right Now about how what they are doing during this difficult time. 

"We've put out fliers like you've seen on Facebook. We went to rest areas and put those up.  We've actually talked to truck drivers.  We helped out with the search where we have actually walked through the refuge combing the ground and there was nothing," said Sullivan.

Helicopters searched for Getman earlier this week.  Getman is originally from New York, but just recently moved to Irrigon in February so his sister can take care of him.  They hope that someone knows where he is or can recognize him from these pictures.  Getman is 6'0 feet tall and weighs about 190 lbs, with very short gray hair, brown eyes and no facial hair.

If you have any information call police.

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IRRIGON, OR - The Morrow County Sheriff's Office is currently looking for a missing person out of Irrigon, Oregon that suffers from Alzheimer's.

Deputies describe John W. Getman as being 78-years-old, 6'0", 190 pounds, with very short gray hair, brown eyes and no facial hair

Getman was last seen wearing a brown Carhartt jacket, brown plaid shirt, blue jeans, and sneakers. 

Officers said he left his home in Irrigon, Oregon at 2 a.m. Monday.

He was last seen near the wildlife refuge west of Irrigon at 9:30 a.m.  

Deputies said Getman suffers from Alzheimer's and does not know the local area.

If you find Getman, contact your local law enforcement or contact the Morrow County Sheriff's Office at 541-676-5317.

For a Silver Alert to be issued, the following criteria must be met:

  • Missing individual is driving a car or lost on foot, and
  • Missing person is 60 years or older, and
  • There is a clear indication that the individual has an irreversible deterioration of intellectual faculties (i.e., Alzheimer’s disease). This must be verified by law enforcement.

 OR 

  • Missing individual is driving a car or lost on foot, and
  • Missing person is 18 to 59 years of age, and
  • Missing person has irreversible deterioration of intellectual faculties and
  • Use of dynamic message signs may be the only way to rescue the missing person.


Indicators of Alzheimer’s disease for law enforcement are generally obtained by asking the caregiver if:

  • Missing person has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or related disorder
  • Missing person has significant memory loss
  • Missing person has experienced major changes in their ability to make decisions and conduct life affairs
  • Missing person has been prescribed medications for memory problems or Alzheimer’s disease
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