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Searchers find body of missing Forest Grove man

The body of Toufik "Tom" Tanous was found about one mile from where he was last seen. Police said they don't suspect foul play.
Credit: Washington County Sheriff's Office

FOREST GROVE, Ore. — Searchers found the body of a missing Forest Grove man on Thursday afternoon, the Washington County Sheriff's Office reported.

Toufik "Tom" Tanous, 79, walked away from his care facility on Tuesday night. He had Alzheimer's and the sheriff's office said he was likely disoriented and unable to ask for help on his own. Tanous left the Hawthorne House Care Facility, located at 2635 21st Ave., in Forest Grove between 8 and 8:30 p.m. He was reportedly spotted walking south away from the area of Hawthorne St. and 19th Ave.

Searchers found Tanous' body in Gales Creek, near Highway 47, about one mile southwest of where he was last seen. The Washington County Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death. The sheriff's office said it doesn't suspect foul play.

Credit: Washington Co. Sheriff's Office
Toufik "Tom" Tanous

The following agencies participated in the search for Tanous. Washington County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Team, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue, Yamhill County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue, Tillamook County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue, Hood River County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue, Mountain Wave Emergency Communications, Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue, Forest Grove Police Department and Oregon State Police.