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    Posted March 11, 2014 by
    Oroville, California

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    Authorities Expand Search for Missing Oroville, California, Man

    A search has been underway since February 22, 2014, for a missing 81-year-old Oroville man.

    John Chesley was apparently last seen at his home at approximately 1:00 p.m. that afternoon. Search crews have spent countless hours on the ground and in the air searching for the missing man.

    According to the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO), a “reverse-911,” auto-dial calling system was activated on February 27, 2014. This alerted all residences within a 5-mile radius of Chelsey’s home to be on the watch for him. They were reportedly asked to check their property, outbuildings, sheds, well houses, barns, boats, automobiles, RV’s, trailers, abandoned buildings, crawl spaces and other areas on their property including creeks, drainages and orchard—any place a person could seek shelter.

    Since it is feasible that Chelsey could have gotten a ride somewhere, all Oroville residents were urged to keep an eye out for the tall, elderly man. In fact, the BCSO has now indicated that Chesley may even be outside of Butte County.

    Chesley reportedly has family in Washington and has attempted to travel there in the past. He was last seen wearing a blue flannel shirt, blue jeans, and white tennis shoes. He is hard of hearing and suffers from dementia. The BCSO has issued the accompanying picture to assist in location and identification of Chelsey.

    The BCSO plans to continue its helicopter searches as the weather permits. They will be focusing on wilderness areas and places they were unable to access previously.

    Anyone who believes they saw Chelsey on at any time since the date of disappearance, have a tip to report, or would like to assist with search efforts is encouraged to contact the Butte County Sheriff’s Office at (530) 538-7321 or email public@buttesar.org
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