Police: Salem man found after 'taking personal time'

SALEM, Ore. -- The Salem man reporting missing since Sunday was found safe and sound, sheriff's officials said Thursday afternoon.

Alan Dassenko, 44, returned home at around 2:30 p.m. Thursday. Officials said that he "appears to have taken some time away from his family for personal reasons."

A Salem man who may have trouble making decisions due to a medical condition hasn't been seen since he borrowed a family truck on Sunday morning.

On Wednesday the Marion County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance in locating 44-year-old Alan D. Dassenko.

His father reported Dassenko missing after he borrowed a family truck and went for a ride around 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Dassenko suffers from medical problems that may affect his decision making, the sheriff's office said. There is no indication of foul play at this time.

Dassenko is described as a white male, 6-feet tall, 200 pounds with a shaved head and possibly a short beard.

He was last seen driving a two-tone turquoise and white 1969 Ford pickup with Oregon license plate APZ 492. The truck has left front end damage.

The initial report Wednesday described the truck only as turquoise. Police updated the description on Thursday.

Sr. Deputy Debbie Myers is investigating the disappearance of Mr. Dassenko. She can be contacted at, refer to case #: 13003838.

Anyone with information on Mr. Dassenko's whereabouts is asked to call the Marion County Sheriff's Office Dispatcher Center at (503) 588-5032.