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Toufik 'Tom' Tanous reportedly walked away from a memory care facility on Tuesday.

COURTESY PHOTO - Toufik 'Tom' TanousThe body of a man missing from a Forest Grove memory care facility was found Thursday afternoon, April 29, the Washington County Sheriff's Office announced.

Toufik "Tom" Tanous, 79, was a resident of the Hawthorne House Care Facility at 2635 21st Ave. Forest Grove police were called to the facility at 8:48 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, on a report that Tanous had walked away from the facility without the knowledge of staff earlier that hour.

A days-long search did not locate Tanous until about 3 p.m. Thursday, when searchers discovered his body in Gales Creek near the Highway 47 overpass, about a mile southwest of where he was last seen.

Forest Grove police said Tanous' body was found just outside city limits. Gales Creek runs along the south side of Forest Grove for much of its length.

The Washington County medical examiner is working to determine the cause of death. There is no indication of foul play, the Sheriff's Office said Thursday evening.

Tanous reportedly suffered from Alzheimer's disease. Searchers believed he was likely disoriented and unable to seek help on his own.

The search effort involved search-and-rescue teams from Washington, Yamhill, Tillamook, Multnomah, Clackamas and Hood River counties, as well as the Forest Grove Police Department, Oregon State Police and more. Mountain Wave Emergency Communications and Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue also assisted.


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