Deaf man missing from Gresham found safe in Veneta

GRESHAM, Ore. -- A deaf man with severe short-term memory loss walked away from a Gresham-area care facility Thursday. He was found safe at a gas station in Veneta, Ore. on Sunday, Lane County Sheriff's deputies said.

51-year-old Scott Allen was reported missing after Gresham Police said he walked away from an assisted living facility sometime between 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. on Thursday.

A Lane County Sheriff's deputy found Allen after responding to a call of a disoriented man at a gas station in Veneta (about 12 miles west of Eugene).

The deputy is not sure how Allen got to Veneta, but Allen told police that he was trying to take a bus to visit a relative's home in California. Allen had no injuries, but was taken to a Eugene hospital to have his medical and mental status evaluated.

Lane County Sheriff's Office is working to return Allen back to the adult care facility in Gresham.

Gresham Police said Allen uses Americal Sign Language to communicate. A previous brain injury left him without a short-term memory, family members told KATU News.

Allen lives at an assisted living community called Chestnut Lane, located on the corner of NE Sixth St. and NE Cleveland Ave. in Gresham.

The Gresham Police Department is thankful for all of the public's help searching during Allen's disappearance.