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Driver, semi truck and trailer vanish in Oregon: 'The whole thing is just bewildering'

Anyone who has seen Jacob Cartwright or the green truck with the company name Little Tree Transportation and license plate YAIN63 is asked to call (541) 962-1017. (via OSP)

LA GRANDE, Ore. (SBG) - What happened to Jacob Aaron Cartwright?

The 22-year-old commercial truck driver from La Grande hasn't been heard from since Tuesday evening at 5:30, when he was in the Pendleton area and called his wife.

He was en route with a load of food products from Portland, en route to Nyssa to make a 7:30 a.m. delivery the next day before moving on to Boise.

The 180 mile drive should take about 3 hours via the most direct route.

Cartwright never arrived, and his whereabouts remain unknown as of Friday.

A GPS showed the 2005 Kenworth truck he was driving in the area of MacIntyre Road and Highway 244, west of Hilgard State Park, around 9:45 p.m. Tuesday, Sgt. Kaipo Raiser with the Oregon State Police said.

That suggests the truck might have either turned off I-84, or traveled via Highways 395 and 244 instead of the more direct interstate route.

"That's exactly the question everyone is asking themselves: Why is he so far off route?" Raiser said.

Authorities have been unable to detect either the truck's GPS transponder or Cartwright's cell phone, Raiser said.

State police have searched the area by plane, and ground crews are combing the remote, heavily wooded area. Union County search and rescue crews are working the ground.

Anyone who has seen Cartwright or the green truck with the company name Little Tree Transportation and license plate YAIN63 is asked to call (541) 962-1017.

Raiser said there were no indications of distress on behalf of Cartwright when the missing man last spoke to his wife by phone.

"The whole thing is just bewildering," Raiser said. "I hope that we find him soon."

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