Kitsap County Sheriff's find car as South Kitsap man remains missing
September 19, 2012 · 3:14 PM
Kitsap County Sheriff's deputies came a step closer in the search for a missing man when they located his vehicle in Jefferson County Tuesday afternoon.
Deputies found the vehicle of Cecil Socrates Mann, 77, of Port Orchard, at 3:15 p.m. on a rugged roadway 10 miles southwest of Quilcene, on the west side of the Hood Canal on Highway 101. The vehicle is a blue, 2007 Ford Focus. Sheriff's were searching for the man when they visited a U.S. Forest Service Office and learned that a local citizen spotted the abandoned vehicle.
“The citizen saw the vehicle, reported it and the information was passed on to us,” said Kitsap County Sheriff's Deputy Scott Wilson.
Wilson said that he is grateful that the citizen reported seeing the car because prior to this discovery, deputies had only limited information on where to begin looking for the man based upon tracking his cellphone usage.
“We did a ping on the man's cellphone to see where his last phone call was made — to find out the time he called and the nearest tower,” Wilson said.
Wilson said that the tracking of Mann's cellphone led sheriff's detectives into Jefferson County, south of Port Ludlow but that the sparsely populated area left them with little clues of where to look first.
“The citizen reporting the vehicle is a quantum leap in finding the Mann,” Wilson said. “We didn't know in which direction to look, but now there is a starting point. Now dogs can be put on the ground.”
Mann's family told deputies that they thought he took the vehicle fishing when he disappeared from his residence on Harper Hill Road S.E. some time in the early afternoon on Saturday Sept. 15.
Kitsap County Sheriff's deputies have now turned the mission over to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. Jefferson County Sheriff's Office will conduct a search and rescue mission for Mann.
Wilson said that it is urgent that Mann is found because the elderly Port Orchard resident has health issues and must take medication.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Mann should contact Kitsap County Sheriff's Detective Nicole Menge at (360) 337-5618 or Kitsap County Central Communications at (360) 308-5400.