Gordon Bethel Lopez
Gordon, approximately 1986
Date reported missing : 01/03/1986
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 07/08/1964 (57)
Age at the time of disappearance: 21 years old
Height / Weight : 6'0 - 6'3, 180 - 200 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : Unknown, but he usually wears casual clothing such as jeans and flannel shirts.
Medical conditions : Lopez may have been depressed at the time of his disappearance.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Red hair, hazel eyes. Gordon's hair may appear any color from dark brown to red depending on his exposure to the sunlight. He may have slight acquired deformities to his ears ("cauliflower ears") from his experiences as a wrestler in high school. His nicknames are Gordy and G.B.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Lopez was last seen in Portland, Oregon on January 3, 1986. He was a junior at Reed College at the time of his disappearance; his family lived in the Los Angeles, California area.
Gordon was close to his eighteen-year-old sister Terry and they kept in touch by phone and letters. Terry last heard from her brother at Christmas in 1985, when he called to thank her for the gifts she'd given him. He didn't indicate that anything was amiss during the conversation.
After Christmas, Gordon wrote a letter home addressed to their mother, but their mother was in Japan visiting one of their siblings over the winter 1985/86 holidays, and Terry opened the letter instead. Gordon enclosed his final, uncashed college tuition check and wrote that they would never see him again and he had no regrets.
When Terry went to his apartment in Portland, she discovered he'd cleaned it out and vanished. His car, a maroon and red 1972 Volvo, disappeared with him and was never registered again, and his Social Security number hasn't been active since he went missing.
The Lopez family hired a private investigator, but they were unable to tEthnicity : Gordon. Although his farewell note didn't mention suicide, Terry believes Gordon was depressed at the time of his disappearance. Their father had died of cancer years before, their mother drank heavily when they were children, and none of the children got along with her.
Gordon has previously worked summer jobs in Texas and Alaska, and his sister believes he could have traveled to Alaska after his disappearance. In the summer of 1985, he had worked as a logger on Heceta Island in the Alexander Archipelago, in southeast part of the state.
Terry describes him as an extremely intelligent man who was talented in mathematics and enjoyed reading, particularly science fiction and the classics. His favorite author was the Swiss/German poet and novelist Hermann Hesse. His case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Portland Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
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