CORNELIUS, Ore. (KOIN) — Family members of a missing Cornelius man are working to find any clues that may lead to information on his disappearance and help bring him home.
But their efforts are being stifled by someone they believe is deliberately tearing down their flyers.
“We put a lot of legwork hours in there, a lot of flyers,” Matthew Pugh’s aunt JoLynne Simshaw said. “I don’t know if they are doing it to be funny or if they are doing it because they want to discourage us in some way.”
For weeks, Simshaw has been trying to wrap her head around the disappearance of her 25-year-old nephew.
Pugh — whose disappearance is considered suspicious — left his job as a welder at 8 p.m. on a Friday. Early Saturday morning, his car was found miles from home, idling for hours on a dead end street in a mobile home park.
He wasn’t anywhere to be found.
“I didn’t leave my house because I was sure he would show up, and then he didn’t,” Pugh’s cousin Kristina Akers said. “Then I started looking for him.”
With the help of family and friends, Akers says she’s covered hundreds of miles searching for her cousin.
From Cornelius to McMinnville, Pugh’s loved ones put up nearly 5,000 flyers with his photo, asking anyone with information on his whereabouts to come forward.
But recently, something peculiar started happening to the flyers.
“We’ve been getting phone calls or text messages and seen for ourselves that signs are being torn down,” Simshaw explained. “It tugs at your heart.”
She estimates around 50% of the flyers have mysteriously vanished.
“It’s very frustrating, it’s very heartbreaking. I walked a lot of miles to put them up,” she said. “If you continue to tear them down, we are going to be right there to put them back up.”
Anyone with information Pugh’s whereabouts should call 503.846.2700.