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*UPDATE* 12/20/23

Lane County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue personnel located the deceased body of 63-year-old Joseph James Bucher on Saturday (12/16/23) in a creek bed off of USFS Rd. 120.   Bucher had not been heard from by family since 11/30/23.  While investigation into the cause of his death remains ongoing, investigators at the scene did not discover evidence of foul play.

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank Linn County Sheriff Search and Rescue for their assistance in this case. 


The Lane County Sheriff’s Office and Eugene Police Department are looking for 63-year-old Joseph James Bucher.  Bucher’s vehicle was located by an Oregon State Police Trooper on 12/04/23 in a wooded area near USFS Rd. 5824 off of Hwy. 58 between Westfir and Lowell. He had not been heard from by family since 11/30/23.

Bucher is described as a white male adult standing approximately 5’11” and weighing about 250lbs.  He has gray hair and blue eyes.  He is also believed to currently have a beard. 

Anyone with information about Bucher’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Lane County Sheriff’s Office at 541-682-4150 opt. 1. or Eugene Police Department at 541-682-5111.