Wife asks for help finding missing retired trucker

| 1/18/2008

Retired trucker Sterling Blades of Scappoose, OR, pictured with his wife Beula, has been missing since Dec. 17, 2007. Photo courtesy of The Spotlight newspaper.

The last time anyone saw 77-year-old Sterling Blades was the week before Christmas.

The retired truck driver from Scappoose, OR, was last seen at about 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 17, 2007, leaving a friend’s house on the 32000 block of Church Road in Warren, OR. He was driving a navy blue 1993 Dodge D-20 pickup with Oregon license plate TBF 558.

His wife, Beula, said that he had complained of a headache before he left home that morning and again later when he was at his friend’s house.

“He wasn’t in the greatest health either, and his memory wasn’t that great. Sometimes he would get lost,” Beula told The Spotlight, a local newspaper based in Scappoose, OR.

An alert issued by the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office on Dec. 20, 2007, stated it was possible he might have been disoriented or had suffered some type of medical condition.

According to The Spotlight, Columbia County Oregon Sheriff's Office deputies searched a couple of known locations for Blades on Dec. 19, 2007, although they had little success.

Active searches for Blades by law enforcement are no longer being conducted, according to The Spotlight.

“It’s just been so long, and I want to find him,” Beula told Land Line Magazine. “One way or the other.”

It’s believed that Sterling would have traveled down Northwest Logie Trail Road to Highway 30 from his Scappoose residence. From there, it is a straight stretch to Church Road in Warren, which is located a couple of miles south of St. Helens, OR.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office at (503) 261-2847.

– By Land Line staff