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Volunteers search for SH man missing since April


July 11, 2017

STEPHANIE STEVENSON, right, of Albany, pets Dakotah, one of the dogs believed to be with Daniel Oberg when he disappeared, as he jumps up on Kenneth Oberg.

A group of 20 people met in the parking lot of Safeway Sunday morning, July 9, to coordinate a search for Daniel Oberg, 28, who has not been heard from since the weekend of April 22.

Family and friends were joined by others who didn’t know Oberg but just wanted to help.

The group handed out flyers to campers at Sunnyside and Yellowbottom and split up to search areas above and just below the campground. Tobin Miller, of Albany, brought a drone in hopes of viewing area difficult to access.

Andrea Buydos of Bring Our Missing Home, Inc. flew up from San Diego, Calif. to help with the search. She is a volunteer with the California-based nonprofit, which supports families of people who are missing.

Buydos has been with the organization for two years. She heard about Oberg’s case on Facebook, she said.

“The flyer just popped up on Facebook and it struck me,” she said. “My brother passed away and nobody helped. Usually, media only pays attention to missing children, so I like to help.”

So far, search efforts have centered in Lane County, where Oberg’s car and dogs turned up in the weeks after he disappeared.

Kenneth Oberg, Daniel’s father, said the last visual evidence that his son was present in Sweet Home is security camera footage that shows Daniel Oberg leaving Safeway in the company of at least one other man in the early afternoon of April 22.

Two dogs that were with Oberg when he disappeared were located in the Marcola area, along with a car he is believed to have been driving, which was found on a hillside near milepost 13 on Marcola Road.

Search and rescue teams from Lane County have scoured the area where the dogs and car were found. Sheriff’s investigators from both the Lane and Linn counties have interviewed people who knew Daniel Oberg and who are thought to have been with him in the days before he disappeared, his father said.

Daniel Oberg has been known to frequent the Quartzville Recreation Corridor in Linn County, but there has not been a formal search and rescue effort there.

“I hope we find anything that connects Danny to the area and opens up the case to this county,” Buydos said.

People from the group actively searched from 11 a.m. until about 4 p.m.

They got a lot of ground covered, Buydos said, but nothing of significance was found.

ANDREA BUYDOS of Bring Our Missing Home, Inc., center, attaches a numbered bracelet to the arm of Don Rodgers, Daniel Oberg’s uncle. searchers before leaving Sunnyside Park.

Daniel Oberg is described as a 28-year-old white male, 6 feet in height and weighing approximately 160 pounds, with medium-length brown hair and a short beard.

A $1,000 reward is offered for Oberg’s safe return.

Anyone with information may call the Lane County Sheriff’s Department at (541) 682-4141 or the Bring Our Missing Home tip line at (810) 294-4858.

The law enforcement case number is 17-2729. The Bring Our Missing Home case number is BOOR172304DO. Another search effort is planned for 9 a.m. on July 29 and 6 p.m. on July 30, starting at Safeway in Sweet Home.


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