No cause for missing man with Alzheimers’ crash

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Missing Portland man Ted Reich, 84, died at the scene of a crash along I-5 near exit 95 in Thurston County Tuesday, July 16, 2013. (Courtesy KIRO-TV, Washington State Patrol)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A missing 84-year-old Portland man with Alzheimer’s disease died in a single-car crash in Washington state Tuesday afternoon.

That’s the finding of the Washington State Patrol.

Ted Reich, seen in an undated photo released by PPB on July 16, 2013.
Ted Reich, seen in an undated photo released by PPB on July 16, 2013.

Ted Reich died at the scene of a crash along Interstate 5 near exit 95 in Thurston County, Portland police said in a release Wednesday.

Reich was last seen around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at his home in the 4900 block of SW Hewett Boulevard. His wife returned home from walking their dog and discovered he and their Mercedes were gone.

On Tuesday Reich was reported missing, and his photo was aired on KOIN 6 News Tuesday.

His wife said Reich had a history of wandering away, but was especially concerned this time because it was the first time he disappeared with their car. At the time his family thought he could be headed to the Multnomah Athletic Club, Portland Yacht Club or Bridgeport Pub.

According to the WSP report, Reich was driving north on I-5 around 3:45 p.m. when he exited to Maytown Road, lost control, struck a guardrail and rolled “multiple times.” He was wearing a seat belt at the time. WSP still lists the cause of the crash as “unknown.”

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