Search resumes for missing Portland father

Search resumes for missing Portland father

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Posted on December 26, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 6:41 AM

PORTLAND – A 29-year-old father of four was reported missing from his North Portland home early Saturday morning, and friends, family and volunteers resumed the search for him Thursday morning.

Matthew McConnell-Hegland was with friends at the Twilight Room on North Lombard Avenue, then took a cab to and was last seen at the Pier Park Apartments on N. Columbia at around 1:30 a.m., according to a family member.

Portland police said Monday McConnell-Hegland may be suffering a mental health crisis and was considered endangered.

He never returned home and his family said that was completely out of character.

“Our fear is that he has somehow been hurt or is not in a normal state of mind to know how to get home safely,” said his sister-in-law Amy Gilkey.

“It’s really hard to not have your rock there when things are getting tough and it’s hard not being able to sit down and talk about our days,” said his wife Ricci-Joan McConnell-Hegland. "Right now we’re just basically taking it day by day step by step and taking whatever comes at us and do what we need to do.”

The family has started putting up missing posters around town. A group of about 20 friends and community members have helped the family search for him in the area around Pier Park.

“I can’t even explain how good it feels to know that there are all these people out there that love us enough to do all this for us and I’m really glad I’m not doing it alone," McConnell-Hegland said. "I don’t know what I’d do if I didn’t have family around."

Anyone with information was asked to call Portland Police.

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KGW Reporter Jacqueline Sit contributed to this report.

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