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Missing Lowell couple found near Oakridge

Jeep Cherokee
Lane County Sheriff
The missing couple were driving a 2016 Jeep Cherokee similar to this one. They are believed to be lost in the woods near Lowell or Oakridge.

Update 4:25 p.m. The Chappells were located by Lane County Sheriff Search and Rescue personnel this afternoon and reunited with family. They had become stuck in the snow on a forest road between Oakridge and Cottage Grove.

Original story:

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a couple who may be lost in the woods near Oakridge or Lowell.

Linda Chappell, 71, and Don Chappell, 65, left their home in Lowell on Sunday afternoon.

They are believed to have been headed to the mountains to find snow.

They were expected to return home Sunday evening but have not been heard from since they left.

Linda Chappell is described as a white female about 5 feet tall and 140 pounds. She was last seen wearing a purple jacket.

Don Chappell is described as a white male standing approximately 5 feet, 8 inches and 250 pounds. He has a gray mustache and goatee. He wears glasses and was last seen wearing a gray t-shirt and blue jeans.

Both Linda and Don have medical issues and require medications. They are likely not prepared for an extended stay outdoors or in inclement weather conditions.

The Chappells are believed to be driving their dark gray 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee with Oregon plates #150 MHQ.

Anyone with information about the Chappells’ location or believes they have seen them within the past 24 hours is asked to contact the Lane County Sheriff’s Office at 541-682-4150, option 1.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. She also is the editor of the KLCC Extra, the daily digital newspaper. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000.