EUGENE, Ore. - Three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond has lent his celebrity to the search for a missing Cycle Oregon volunteer from Portland who vanished Sept. 16 in Riddle, Ore.
Justin Houck, a close friend and co-worker of Mark Bosworth, met Lemond at a cycling event in Hood River called the Echelon Gan Fondo.
Lemond expressed concern for Bosworth and his family and offered to help them spread the word about the Portland man's disappearance. Lemond posed for a photo with a flier about Bosworth and posted information on his Facebook and Twitter feeds.
Bosworth was last seen late on Friday, Sept. 16, in downtown Riddle during the final stop of the week-long Cycle Oregon event. Bosworth, who works for Metro, has battled cancer in the past and appeared confused the night he went missing.
Doctors say Bosworth may be having short-term memory problems and may think he currently lives in New York or other cities he frequently visited decades ago. His family and doctors planned a press conference Monday in Portland to discuss Bosworth's health history and the theory that he may be confused.
Anyone with information about Bosworth’s disappearance is asked to call the tip line at (541) 957-2099. Mention case number 11-3534. A $10,000 reward is being offered by Deckers Outdoor Corporation, which employs Mark’s wife Julie.
People who had contact with Bosworth at the Cycle Oregon event the night he went missing said he was confused and didn’t remember where he had set up his tent.
Just two days earlier, in a call to his wife, Mark insisted he was in Ontario, Canada. “He said that Cycle Oregon had surprised everyone by chartering a plane and had flew them all, including their bikes, to Canada,” Julie said. “He said it was mentioned on the Cycle Oregon website.”
Later, Julie checked back with her husband, who told her he had been waking up from a very vivid dream when he talked with her earlier, and that’s why he had said he was in Canada.
Bosworth has battled cancer twice in the past. Doctors and family now fear his confusion may indicate a new cancer. The search and rescue crew that looked for him told Bosworth's family "anywhere in the world."
Given his confusion, here are some of the places Bosworth may be trying to reach:
- New York City - he lived there for ten years
- Minnesota and Iowa - his daughters went to college in both states
- Chicago; Santa Cruz, Calif.; North Carolina, Missouri and Florida - he has family ties
“Mark is a traveler,” said Julie. “He’s comfortable outdoors, making his way around, talking with strangers.” Mark may not be able to tell a stranger that he lives in Portland right now, but there’s no doubt his passion about forests, trees, climate, geography, topography and biking would come through in a conversation.
“It won’t be one of us who finds Mark,” said Julie Bosworth. “It will be a stranger who has seen the flier or news coverage, who recognizes Mark.”