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Brian Duncan, paralyzed in north Portland collision last year, is missing – UPDATED

Posted by on October 17th, 2017 at 7:15 pm

Brian Duncan.
(Photo: Portland Police Bureau)

UPDATE, 10/25: Police found Duncan’s body on Tuesday. No foul play is suspected.

Portland Police are looking for Brian Duncan, whose family says he’s been missing since yesterday (10/16) at 2:30 pm. He was last seen on his motorized wheelchair near the Duckworth Dock on the floating portion of the Eastbank Esplanade south of the Steel Bridge.

Duncan was paralyzed in March 2016 when he was hit while trying to bike across North Rosa Parks Way. In January we reported that Duncan’s friends and family had rallied around him to build a new, ADA-accessible house.


Duncan is 38 years old and is described as 6-feet tall, about 190 pounds with brown hair, a brown beard and blue eyes. Police also say he’s known to wear blue wire-framed glasses.

A police statement issued this afternoon added that, “Duncan’s family is concerned for his welfare. There are no indications that his disappearance involves foul play.”

If you see Brian please call 911. Anyone with non-emergency information should contact PPB Detective Lori Fonken at 503-823-1081, or

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and

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  • Middle of the Road Guy October 18, 2017 at 8:51 am

    Poor guy. Hope he gets home safely.

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  • Joe October 18, 2017 at 11:21 am

    hope they locate him 🙁

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  • Phil Richman October 18, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Very sorry to hear. Has the intersection where Brian was hit been improved?

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    • Stephen Keller October 19, 2017 at 11:48 am

      No. I frequently use Delaware at Rosa Parks. It has not been altered in any way that I can tell since Brian was hit. Whenever I cross there or turn left to get on Rosa Parks headed toward Willamette, I think of Brian. I always double check for inattentive drivers. That light is only triggered on demand and is hardly ever red. I think some drivers on Rosa Parks take a green for granted at that intersection.

      If there were a decent control down at the intersection of Rosa Parks and Willamette, I’d probably never use Delaware. Unfortunately crossing at the Rosa Parks-Willamette intersection is dicey when motor traffic is running high. At least Delaware has a proper signal.

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  • KristenT October 19, 2017 at 9:04 am

    Fingers crossed that he gets home safely!!!!

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  • RH October 23, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Any new updates on Brian?

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  • Andrea Capp October 25, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    Police have issued an update. Love to Brian’s friends and family.

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  • Kittens October 26, 2017 at 12:33 am

    Absolutely heartbreaking.

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  • Caitlin D October 26, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Such sad news. My heart goes out to his family and friends.

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