Crews searching for missing camper

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. - A 52-year-old man who went camping December 28 and planned to return 2 days later is now considered a missing person, the Lane County Sheriff's Office said.

Dale Teige was last seen near Territorial Highway in southern Lane County. He told a friend he planned to go camping east of Cottage Grove and planned to return by December 30.

When Teige had not yet returned on New Year's Eve, the friend reported him missing to the sheriff's office.

Search and Rescue personnel have been actively searching a large area east of Cottage Grove, the sheriff said. Search crews will move to the Siuslaw River Road area later Thursday after a relative reported that Teige may be in that area.

Teige was last seen driving a red 1992 Ford Ranger pickup with a white canopy.

If you have seen Teige or his vehicle or have any information, please call the Lane County Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center at (541) 682-4141.