Sunday, July 21, 2019

The Disappearance of Zachary Porter


Zachary ‘Zack’ Porter had just recently turned 25 years-old when he went missing on July 23rd, 2013. Prior to his disappearance, Zack lived in McMinnville, Oregon with his parents and his five-year-old son. On the day he was last seen, Zack told his family that he was going to North Bend, Oregon to sell a motorcycle to a buyer he’d met over the Internet. It has been confirmed that he did, in fact, make to North Bend and he completed the sale. However, at some point while Zack was still in the North Bend area, his family received text messages from his phone that they do not believe came from Zack himself. Zack also told his parents that he was going to get a ride home from the motorcycle buyer, but he never returned home and has never been seen or heard from again.

Investigators were able to track down the buyer, who told them that he actually did not give Zack a ride home. He told investigators that Zack arranged to meet with a friend at the nearby Myrtlewood Factory who would give him a ride home instead. Investigators obviously questioned this, since Zack never returned home and there does not appear to be any record of him at Myrtlewood Factory. Zack’s parents have confirmed that Zack did reach out to several friends to ask for a ride home, but was unable to find someone willing to make the 3-hour drive.

Zack’s loved ones do not believe he is missing on his own accord. He was a single father to his son, and he was also the primary caretaker of his disabled mother. It would be very uncharacteristic for him to leave them behind. At this time, the police have not identified any suspects in Zack’s disappearance, but they have stated that the motorcycle buyer is a person of interest. The Coos County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the case. If you have any information that could help, please report it by calling 541-396-3121.

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