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New billboards attempt to find out what happened to Mark Bosworth

posted Dec 14, 2011, 5:26 PM by Roberta Altstadt   [ updated Dec 14, 2011, 5:27 PM ]


Roberta Altstadt


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Drivers along Interstate 5 in southern Oregon will now see two billboards calling attention to the disappearance of Mark Bosworth, who vanished September 16th in Riddle, Oregon. 

The Bosworth family hopes the billboards that went up today, Wednesday, December 14, may jog someone's memory from the weekend Mark disappeared. The billboards also reinforce there is a $10,000 reward for any information that leads to Mark's whereabouts. 

Since absolutely no sign of Mark has been found in the Riddle area, the family believes the likelihood is that he received a ride out of the area. Three different people reported a man attempting to hitchhike along Yokum Road, which leads from the area of Riddle where Mark was last seen eastward to I-5. Mark may have actually walked to I-5 and the hope is someone may have spotted him along the interstate early on the morning of September 17th. 

"We want nothing more than to find my dad," says Claire Bosworth, one of Mark's daughters. "We need to know what happened. Hopefully, this billboard will trigger someone's memory and lead us to a clue as to where he is."

The Bosworth family would like to thank Lamar Advertising, which has generously donated the billboard space for the next 60 days. A Lamar representative says its billboards have been helpful in other missing persons and criminal cases and the company just wants to help find Mark. The billboards are located on I-5. One is just north of Roseburg along the southbound lanes and the other is about 20 miles south of Roseburg, near the Myrtle Creek exit, along the northbound lanes.

While Mark's daughters, Claire and Kelly, and his wife, Julie, desperately want answers to what happened to him, they acknowledge the cancer that's believed to have led to his  disapparence has likely claimed his life by now. Mark had been confused and disoriented in the days and weeks before he vanished. His doctor and his family believe 

the non-hodgkins lymphoma he successfully battled twice, in 2007 and 2009, returned and spread to Mark's brain. The cancer would likely have increased pressure on his brain and brain stem by now, impacting his vital organs. 

Mark disappeared late on the night of September 16th near Riddle High School. He was in the area volunteering with Cycle Oregon.