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Mark Bosworth, a friend to many in Portland, has been missing since late Friday night (9/16) when he vansished from a Cycle Oregon campsite in the town of Riddle. Read the stories below for more information and please print, post and distribute the missing person flyer created by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

- Missing Person Flyer - PDF or JPEG

- For the latest information, see the Douglas County Sheriff's Office Find Mark Bosworth blog.

- Mark's family has set up a website: FindMark.org

- Browse the latest coverage via Google News.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office tip line at 541-957-2099.

Family to launch ‘Mark Bosworth Fund’ at Cycle Oregon event tonight

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

See the press release below for information about a new scholarship fund in honor of Mark Bosworth, the Cycle Oregon volunteer who went missing while working at the event in 2011 and has never been found. The fund will be launched at the Cycle Oregon 2013 route announcement event in Beaverton tonight.

www.markbosworthfund.org

www.FindMark.org

Contact: John Miller, 503-866-6518

Family launchs the Mark Bosworth Fund at 2013 Cycle Oregon Kickoff Party

At the 2013 Cycle Oregon Kickoff Party on Tuesday, Feb. 5, family and friends of Mark Bosworth will launch a fund in his name that will send fellow cyclists to Cycle Oregon, a yearly event near and dear to Mark’s heart.

The Mark Bosworth Fund will sponsor a first-time rider in Cycle Oregon each year. The fundraising goal is $30,000 for this year, with nearly half of that already raised. The money will cover the fee for the week-long Cycle Oregon ride, including meals and the tent and porter fee. The application process for candidates, fundraising efforts and a new website – www.markbosworthfund.org – will be announced at the 2013 Cycle Oregon Kickoff Party at Nike’s Tiger Woods Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. Spots on the annual ride fill up fast, but Cycle Oregon organizers will hold one open each year for the Mark Bosworth Fund. Applications for the Bosworth fund for this year’s ride are due March 15. The application can be downloaded at www.markbosworthfund.org.

Mark, an avid cyclist and longtime Cycle Oregon volunteer, vanished on the night of Sept. 16, 2011 near Riddle High School, the night before the final stretch of that year’s Cycle Oregon ride. Extensive searches in the days and weeks following failed to turn up any sign of him.

“When Mark went missing from Cycle Oregon on Sept 16, 2011 we all thought that the nightmare would end soon,” said Julie Bosworth, Mark’s wife. “As the days and weeks stretched on and on until now we’re into the second year of missing Mark, his disappearance continues to be a mystery. However, I know for a fact that Mark would love the idea of having his name attached to a scholarship designed to get a first-time rider to experience Cycle Oregon, removing cost as an obstacle. Mark was always fixing bikes, lending bikes, helping people to get on their bikes and to gain confidence on their bikes. The Mark Bosworth Fund is another step in what Mark loved to do his entire life.”

Mark, age 54 at the time of his disappearance, had survived two bouts with cancer. His family and doctor believe the cancer returned, leading him to be confused and disoriented at the time he vanished. There’s a $10,000 reward for information that leads to finding Mark. Anyone with information about Mark’s disappearance should call the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency dispatch line at 541-440-4471.

Efforts to find Mark

• Following Mark’s disappearance hundreds of volunteers and members of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office search and rescue team as well as other law enforcement personal conducted searches in and around Riddle.

• Posters went up in the area as well as at stops along main arterials from Northern California through Oregon and Washington.

• Billboards with Mark’s photo and description were put up. Alerts went out to law enforcement across the country as well as truckers.

• Family, friends and strangers joined together to call 4,450 hospitals in the US in hopes of finding Mark.

• Outreach was done at cycling events.

• Renowned cyclists Lance Armstrong and Greg LeMond used social media to share Mark’s story

• A website, FindMark.org, as well as a Facebook page and Twitter account continue to share information about Mark and the hopes of finding out what happened to him.

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With volunteer still missing, Cycle Oregon looks ahead to 25th annual ride

Monday, January 23rd, 2012
Cycle Oregon’s Executive Director
Jerry Norquist addressed
volunteers and staff last night.
(Photos: Will Vanlue/BikePortland)

Volunteers and staff gathered in the World Forestry Center over the weekend to toast the past year and look ahead to the 25th annual Cycle Oregon.

At the front of everyone’s minds was Mark Bosworth, the Metro employee and Portland resident who disappeared from Riddle, Oregon in September of last year while volunteering on the week-long bike ride.

Each year hundreds of people volunteer for Cycle Oregon and most volunteers have worked together for many years. Their is a strong sense of community among them and for many, Bosworth’s disappearance feels like losing a member of the family. (more…)

Ride for Mark Bosworth – Photos and recap

Saturday, October 1st, 2011
Julie, Claire and Kelly Bosworth joined the ride, which started at Peninsula Park in North Portland.
(Photos © J. Maus)

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Entering second week, sense of urgency hangs over Bosworth search

Friday, September 30th, 2011

The latest news in the search for Mark Bosworth is that his suspected medical condition is likely worsening with each passing hour.

That sense of urgency has led to pleas from his wife Julie Bosworth for the public’s help in stepping up search efforts. As I write this, friends, family and volunteers are calling hospital emergency rooms across the country in hopes that he might have turned up.
(more…)

Bike ride for Mark Bosworth planned for this Saturday

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

The family of Mark Bosworth has just announced a bike ride this Saturday to raise awareness of his disappearance.

Bosworth has been missing since Friday, September 16th and a massive effort to find him has been underway ever since. Mark’s wife Julie Bosworth hopes the ride leads to even more visibility of Mark’s disappearance. She says Mark loves to ride to Kelley Point Park from North Portland, a popular loop that also passes over the Columbia Slough and the Smith and Bybee Lakes natural area (you might recall that I recently shared photos and ride report of a very similar loop).

Here’s more from a statement about the ride:

“The family feels the ride is a perfect way for people to show support for Mark, an avid bike rider who often bought his family bikes and biking paraphenalia for birthdays and special occassions. In fact, the family of four has 14 bikes in their garage these days.”

(more…)

Mark Bosworth is still missing: Updates on the search

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011
The Bosworth family at a news conference yesterday.
(Photo: FindMark.org)

It’s been a while since I shared any news about Mark Bosworth, the 54-year-old man who went missing from a Cycle Oregon campsite in Riddle on September 16th. While there are no solid leads or major developments to share at this time; there are several updates about the case that are worth your attention.

Since the search shifted gears and left the Riddle area, family and friends of Mark’s have launched a massive online effort to spread word of his disappearance far and wide. There’s a new website, FindMark.org, a very active Facebook page, and a Twitter account at @findmarkb.

Media coverage of the disappearance has continued and noted bicycle racing legends Greg LeMond and Lance Armstrong have both shared links about Mark’s search with their hundreds of thousands of followers. (more…)

Mark Bosworth search Day 6 updates

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011
Updated flyer
- JPG / PDF -

Even after the large-scale, volunteer search effort in the Riddle area was downsized yesterday (not “called off” like I initially reported), the search for Mark Bosworth continues.

It’s now been six days since Mark was last seen at a Cycle Oregon campsite in Riddle. The big development yesterday was the offer of a $10,000 reward for information leading to his discovery.

More about the reward and the latest on the search below…
(more…)

With no clues or solid leads, officials shift gears on Bosworth search – UPDATED

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011
A volunteer search party combs
the woods near Yokum Road just
outside Riddle.
(Photo: Steve Durrant)

With no significant leads and no trace of Mark Bosworth in five days of searching rural Douglas County, officials have shifted gears away from the large-scale, volunteer search effort.

“The volunteers have been asked to go home,” shared volunteer Mickey Deagle a few minutes ago, “At this point, there’s only a need for a fraction of the manpower.”

At its peak, the search effort included well over 120 people — 80 of whom were citizen volunteers that had come from Portland and other areas throughout the state. (more…)

Day five in the search for Mark Bosworth

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011
A group of volunteers at the debriefing session after a full day of searching rural Douglas County for Mark Bosworth.
(Photos: Steve Durrant)

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50 Portlanders now in Riddle to lend a hand in search for Mark Bosworth

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
A bus full of Portlanders organized by Cycle Oregon is aiding Douglas County authorities in the search for Mark Bosworth. (That’s Washington County Commissioner Dick Schouten in the lower left.)
(Photo: Steve Durrant)

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