Family searches for Corbett man missing nearly two weeks

Joshua Applestill. (Contributed photo)

The family of a Corbett man, missing for nearly two weeks, is pleading for help in solving the mystery of his disappearance.

Joshua Applestill, 32, was last seen Feb. 8. His family says he got a ride up East Larch Mountain Road to attend a bonfire.

"There could be some sort of foul play, but we don't know for sure," said Josh's sister, Jaycee Hauskins.

It's unclear where the bonfire was supposedly held along the road. His family tells KATU that Josh left his ID, wallet, and other personal belongings at his home in Corbett. They can't rule out that he chose to disappear, but they say it's highly unlikely.

"He's an adult," said Hauskins. "If he wanted to disappear he could, but we don't think he would leave without his son."

"He's so about his son," said Clarissa Applestill, Josh's other sister. "It's not his usual behavior."

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office says it first received a missing persons report Feb. 17. By the time family members went up the road to search themselves, the area had been covered with a lot of snow.

"We can't really find anything because of the new snow," said Applestill.

There are no large-scale search operations currently planned, according to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. But an agency spokesman says deputies are actively investigating the disappearance.

The family is imagining every possible scenario.

"If he went to a bonfire, he could have been drinking," said Applestill. "If he was drinking, he could have wandered off somewhere, got lost, someone picked him up, he went somewhere. Who knows?"

The family has set up a Facebook page dedicated to finding Josh.

Anyone who might have information can contact the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office or the contacts listed on the Facebook page.

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