SH teen dies in crash

By Sean C. Morgan

Of The New Era

A 19-year-old Sweet Home man was found dead after crashing into trees along Upper Calapooia Drive Wednesday, June 12, after crashing into some trees, Sheriff Jim Yon said.

Yon said the Linn County Sheriff’s Office received a report at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday of a missing person.

The mother of Jordan Thein, 19, called to report that her son had not been heard from since Tuesday morning and did not show up to work in Millersburg on Wednesday. She was concerned that her son may have driven off the road on his way home. Thein lived on Upper Calapooia Drive.

Deputies checked the roadways and initially did not see any signs of a vehicle driving off the road, Yon said. Deputies used cell phone location coordinates to narrow down where the missing man’s phone was last located.

A passenger in a vehicle driven by Charles Marvel, Thein’s best friend, glanced out the window and glimpsed Thein’s truck, said Thein’s sister-in-law, Sequoia Thein. Marvel drove up to Thein’s home and alerted the family.

Thein’s parents, Sherry and Daniel Thein, and his sister, Sharia, went to the scene of the crash. Thein’s parents went to the pickup, and his sister climbed down an embankment where she located Thein, who had been ejected from the truck.

The vehicle, a 1989 Toyota pickup, was located not far from Thein’s residence on Upper Calapooia Drive, crashed into some trees, Yon said. Thein was deceased when found, he said.

Thein’s body was removed by Sweet Home Funeral Home.

“He was a good, genuine kid,” said Sequoia Thein, who is married to his brother Josh Thein. “He would give you the shirt off his back.

“We’re thankful for the support from the community and his friends.”

She said about a dozen of his friends showed up at the scene of the crash just to make sure the family was doing OK.

“He was very creative,” said his aunt, Gayle Lloyd. “He’s very artistic. He’s sweet. He’s intelligent. I guess he had a lot of friends that loved him.

“He loved working on cars and hot rods with his Dad.”

“He upshowed me in a lot of things,” said Josh Thein, recalling a time when his brother did what Josh thought would be impossible, building a Volkswagen Baja bug from the ground up.

Josh traded a Bel Aire and a 1966 pickup for the Volkswagen. In two to three months, Jordan had torn it all down and put it back together.

“He loved that little Baja,” Josh Thein said.

“He was my little brother,” Josh Thein said. “He was always there for me. No matter what time it was, he’d always show up and be ready to help me.”

Jordan also loved fishing any chance he got, Josh Thein said. “He was basically a fisherman and a gearhead.”

Yon said the crash remains under investigation. There were no other occupants in Jordan Thein’s vehicle, and it is unknown what caused Jordan’s vehicle to veer off the roadway, he said. Anyone with information is asked to contact Deputy Caleb Riley at (541) 967-3950.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for those wishing to help with funeral expenses. Visit http://www.gofundme.com/jordan-thein-memorial-fundingfinal-expenses.

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