Oregon man missing since Thanksgiving 2017 found dead in his truck.

Oregon State Police’s Office of Medical Examiner says the body found in a pickup in January is that of a missing Josephine County man.

On January 23, 2019, at approximately 4:00 P.M. a citizen flagged down a Josephine County Deputy and told him he discovered a truck in the river near the Argo Boat Ramp about 5 miles downstream from the town of Galice, Oregon.

Deputies responded and located a green Toyota pickup in the river about 10-15 feet from the shore.  There was a deceased person in the cab of the pickup. Oregon State Police Detectives responded and later confirmed the vehicle was registered to Richard Hillmann who had been reported missing in November 2017. Detectives were unable to confirm the identity of the deceased person at the time.

The vehicle was removed from the river with the assistance of Josephine County Sheriff’s office Search and Rescue.

On February 5, 2019, the Oregon State Police’s Office of Medical Examiner positively identified the person located in the Toyota pickup as Richard Hillmann.

On November 22, 2017, Hillmann had attended a day before Thanksgiving gathering at a friend’s house on Pleasant Valley Road in Josephine County.

Investigators learned that he left the party between 8 – 9 PM in his green 1997 Toyota SR5 pickup (OR License VWT 361) and had not been seen since.

His residence was within 5 miles of the Pleasant Valley gathering.

The Oregon State Police adopted the case in March of 2018 and interviewed many witnesses, friends, and neighbors.

At the time investigators believed that Hillmann was the victim of foul play and said the person(s) involved were known to Hillman.

It’s not clear if authorities still believe if foul play is involved.