Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on October 1st, 2011 at 12:53 pm
(Photos © J. Maus)
An estimated 150 people showed up to Peninsula Park Saturday morning to show their support for Mark Bosworth, the Metro employee and northeast Portland resident who went missing from a Cycle Oregon campsite in Riddle on September 16th.
At the ride this morning were Mark's wife and two daughters, along with many friends, co-workers, and others in the community who have followed his search. The ride is just one small part of a vast search effort that has reached from coast to coast in recent days.
The mood at the ride was subdued, but not melancholy. There were lots of hugs being given. Julie and Kelly Bosworth gave several interviews to the media and their faces alternated between smiles and tears.
Mark has been missing for 15 days and his medical condition is very urgent. Despite a growing urgency to find him, there is still a sense that he could turn up any day now. The strategy is simple. Spread the word to as many people as possible as fast as possible.
With that goal in mind, many of the riders taped the missing person flyer onto their backs, which created 100 rolling mini-billboards along the route.
Before the riders rolled out on the 9 mile loop, Julie Bosworth shared a few words from the gazebo overlooking the Peninsula Park rose garden. Mark introduced her to the park, she shared, saying that she'd never even heard of it before Mark brought her here on a bike ride. She also thanked everyone for their support and said Mark would be, "Happy that we are all here."
Below are a few more photos from the event:
- Bike ride for Mark Bosworth planned for this Saturday
- Family to launch 'Mark Bosworth Fund' at Cycle Oregon event tonight
- Portlander Mark Bosworth missing since Friday night from Cycle Oregon campsite
- Mark Bosworth is still missing: Updates and links
- Cycle Oregon seeks volunteers to help find Mark Bosworth