Local Air National Guardsman missing; search underway
A former Sellwood resident – an Oregon Air National Guard Sergeant – is missing, and family and longtime friends and colleagues say it is not like him to disappear. Sgt. Martin Nance, age 49, recently moved to the city of Milwaukie near Park Street after selling his house on Southeast Milwaukie Avenue in the Sellwood-Westmoreland neighborhood; his "hangouts" remain in the Sellwood area, even though he moved to Clackamas County – and his car was found in Sellwood.
Nance is now listed as missing on the national database. The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is the lead investigative agency, and has a case open – but they say they can't do much at this point, family members say, because there's no evidence of imminent danger or signs of foul play.
Consequently others are searching, including many fellow air guard members. His family says Marty was a full-time air guardsman for nearly 30 years, going part-time just a few years ago. He's a mechanic who works on the air guard's fleet of F-15 fighter jets.
In semi-retirement, Sgt. Nance has also been driving for Lyft. Family believes he left his car at Southeast 17th Avenue and Miller Street sometime Saturday, Jan. 6, but they don't know why. Nor do they know why he failed to show up for guard drill on the following day, missing drill for the first time in 30 years. Those unanswered questions have his Wing Commander and family very concerned.
"I've known Marty for many years and it's personally difficult for me," said Col. Duke Pirak, commander of the 142nd Fighter Wing of the Oregon Air National Guard. "And it's very frustrating that we've haven't figured out what's going on, and where he is right now. Obviously, we're thinking about the family."
Nance's sister, Lisa Veber, agrees that her brother is dependable, and not at all likely to disappear for no reason. "My concern is that time is passing... and, the more time passes, the less we're going to know; the further away he could be, or the further in danger he could be."
If you have any information about Nance's whereabouts – or if you see him – call the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office at their non-emergency line, 503-655-8211.