Missing Oregon man found safe at Anchorage airport
An Oregon man who Anchorage police say had mental issues and went missing after he flew to the state overnight Monday has been found.
According to APD spokesperson MJ Thim, airport police at Ted Stevens International Airport notified APD they had found him safe at the airport Wednesday night.
Word that 39-year-old Edgar Brown was missing reached police at about 4 a.m. Wednesday, according to APD spokeswoman Renee Oistad.
“Brown had taken a flight from Oregon and arrived in Anchorage on [Tuesday],” Oistad wrote in an email. “(The) family has not heard from Brown since. Brown has made statements that have made his family concerned that he may harm himself.”
Officers have checked “several locations” for Brown, according to Oistad, but haven’t been able to find him.
Brown’s wife, Kimberley Brown, said in an interview Wednesday that he is being treated for kidney disease and has a number of distinctive tattoos. He has been variously diagnosed with severe clinical depression or bipolar disorder.
“He is incredibly calm; he doesn’t have any emotional outbursts,” she said. “He acts totally normal when he’s at home, and then you get blindsided – it’s coming out of the blue.”
Kimberley said Edgar had previously been reported missing in Hawaii, when he flew to Honolulu in 2016, but eventually returned home.
Kimberley said her husband on Monday left their Troutdale, Ore., home near Portland and drove more than three hours south to the airport in Medford. She tried to place a medical hold on him, but he was released to board a flight to Alaska.
Brown’s Alaska Airlines reservation called for him to arrive in Anchorage early Tuesday, then take a 7:45 a.m. flight to Juneau. A 4:22 p.m. Tuesday receipt from outfitter REI’s Anchorage location in Spenard, however, listed him as purchasing a Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Knife – indicating he hadn’t flown on to the state capital.
Kimberly said that before Edgar left for Alaska this week, he had mentioned potentially suicidal thoughts.
“He mentioned some funny things about how nice it would be to die, how nice it would be to die in the middle of the woods,” she said.
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