Aeronautics Engineer Missing in Northwestern California
Jared Masher’s father, Duane, is missing. Duane, an aeronautical engineer, lived in Orange County but, as reported here earlier, his car was located at the Redwoods River Resort across from Confusion Hill north of Leggett. Jared last spoke to his father on the 10th by phone and they argued. A neighbor told Jared that he saw Duane on the 11th.
“[On the 14th], I got an email from my grandmother that said she hadn’t spoken to him since the 10th,” Jared explained. A little worried, Jared who lives several hours away called a friend who lived not far from his father. She offered to go check on Duane.
When she got there, his apartment was open. The friend took photos of the Triplex’s interior and sent the images to Jared. That’s when he became even more concerned. “If he were to move, there were items in there I would have expected him to take— his trophies, his diplomas, his surfboard, his skis,” said Jared.
Then Jared learned that his father’s car had been found about nine hour’s north near Leggett. “When I showed up [at the Triplex] a few hours later, there was a notification from the CHP to get in touch with them about his vehicle,” explained Jared.
Then Jared walked into his father’s home. “I noticed what looked like his cell phone was smashed,” Jared explained. Later, he discovered that inside the oven were the remains of his father’s computer hard drives. They’d been cooked so they were unusable.
Jared made arrangements for his dad’s 2004 Cadillac to be brought to him by a relative. Inside the car, his dad had left items that Jared believes he wouldn’t have left willingly including the dog tags of a special pet. “These were some of the most important things in his life, Cody’s dog tags, the ashes of his sister, my aunt were still in the vehicle…The keys to the vehicle were also found…” Duane had also left clothing and his social security card but his wallet was gone.
Duane has left for weeks at a time before but not without telling a family member, Jared said. “He will let people know that he’s going to be ducking out for a little bit…Like when he was in the mountains skiing…There is always warning. Then he pops back up a few weeks later.”
Jared describes his father as “very intelligent” and “gentle.” He said, “I’ve never seen him get into a physical altercation.”
Jared has a theory about his father’s disappearance, “It looks like he was fleeing his residence,” Jared explained. “He left the things he had to leave and packed the most important.” He can’t explain why his father’s Cadillac was found near Leggett.
Duane is approximately 5’11” and weighs 175 to 185 lbs. He has dirty blonde hair with gray streaks and green eyes. He is 56 years old.
If you have any information, please contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Office at (714) 647-7040.
Earlier Chapter: Missing Orange County Man’s Vehicle Found Near Leggett