A Bend man who was missing since going out for coffee on Christmas was found alive Wednesday stuck inside a dry well a few blocks from his home.
John McLerran, 34, walked away from his home in the 800 block of NE Norton Avenue around 1:00 p.m. Monday and had not been seen since. McLerran did not take his wallet or identification with him, police said.
At about 3:07 p.m. Wednesday, someone called 911 to report that he’d found McLerran stuck about six feet below street level in a dry well. It was in the parking lot of Norton Street Storage, a gated storage facility about four blocks from McLerran’s home.
Bend Police and Fire responded and were able to free McLerran from the drain. Police say he was transported to St. Charles Bend for evaluation, but was in good condition.
Hours before McLerran was found, dozens of community members arrived at Goodrich Park Wednesday morning to aid the search. They spent hours walking a grid pattern over Pilot Butte and then the surrounding area.
“It’s really heartwarming. I mean, I’ve always known that my brother is a great guy and that he’s got good friendships, but it’s amazing,” John’s Sister Stacia McLerran told Central Oregon Daily during the search. “The amount of people that have reached out, Bend has like really come together.”