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Ray Johnson and family

Family members surround Wilford "Ray" Johnson in a recent photo. From left, Mike Bridges, Linda Bridges, Mara Bridges, 12, Adriane Hiatt, Blake Bridges and Shelby Hiatt, 16. Skamania County has called off the search, but the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office has opened an investigation into Johnson's disappearance. 

The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office said is has has opened an investigation into the 90-year-old missing man who vanished last Thursday and was not found after an extensive three-day search.

Wilford “Ray” Johnson was reported missing on June 30 by his family. Johnson was last seen on the morning of June 29 by his neighbors. He was reported to have been in the Dollar Store in Longview mid-day June 29 as well, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.

Johnson’s car, a silver Honda, was found June 30 unoccupied in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest of Skamania County east of Cougar. While Johnson is considered fit for his age, his family said they do not believe he would have driven to the area where his car was found.

The Skamania County Sheriff’s Office, search and rescue personnel and the family searched through the weekend in the area where Johnson’s vehicle was found, but there were no signs of him. The search of that area has been called off, according to the release.

While there are no signs of foul play, the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office has said they are “keeping an open mind about all possibilities” surrounding Johnson’s disappearance.

Johnson is 5’11”, 180 pounds, blue eyes and balding with white or grey hair. His family said he usually wears a “Seabee” hat and glasses.

The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information from anyone who may know of Johnson’s whereabouts, or who may have had contact with or seen Johnson and his silver Honda since the morning of June 29. Call (360)-577-3092, reference CCSO case #A17-2008. Detective Lorenzo Gladson is the lead on the case.

Callers who wish to remain anonymous can use their smart phones and text a tip using the TIP411 app and make the information to the attention of the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office.

Contact Daily News reporter Denver Pratt at 360-577-2541 or


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