Missing 79-year-old Forest Grove man found dead 1 mile away

Missing Persons

Toufik "Tom" Tanous walked away from the Hawthorne House Care Facility on Tuesday night

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The body of a man with Alzheimer’s was found Thursday, less than two days after he went missing from an assisted living facility in Forest Grove.

Forest Grove Police received a report of a missing person from Hawthorne House Care Facility shortly before 9 p.m. on Tuesday. Toufik “Tom” Tanous walked away from the facility on his own between 8:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team responded to the area to assist Forest Grove PD. The team began searching at 9 p.m. and did not stop until 4 a.m. They then picked up the search again at 8 a.m. on Wednesday morning.

Search crews found Tanous’ body in Gales Creek near the Highway 47 overpass just outside the Forest Grove city limits shortly before 3 p.m. on Thursday, about a mile southwest of where he was last seen.

A medical examiner has not yet determined his cause of death but officials said foul play was not suspected.

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