Breaking news: Missing man found dead

PORT ANGELES — The Clallam County Sheriff’s Department announced that 68-year-old Cecil Olmstead was found dead Wednesday of natural causes. A full report will appear in Thursday’s editions of the Peninsula Daily News.


PORT ANGELES — Family members are asking anyone who might have seen 68-year-old Cecil Olmstead, has been missing since Friday, to contact the Clallam County Sheriff’s Department.

Clallam County Sgt. Randy Pieper said deputies searched unsuccessfully at Olmstead’s home on South Doss Road on Tuesday evening.

“They were just up there talking with neighbors, and they haven’t heard anything,” Pieper said.

Olmstead is described as 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 190 pounds, with brown eyes and white hair which usually is covered by a baseball cap.

He is diabetic and has a history of strokes which causes him to walk unsteadily, said Karen Schoenfeldt, his ex-wife.

He is probably carrying his wallet and cell phone, but the battery for the phone might be dead or dying, she said.

She added that he last made a telephone call on Thursday and last took his medication on Friday morning.

His son Wayne Olmstead, on Tuesday was flying to Port Angeles from Huntington Beach, Calif., where he works as an American Airlines pilot.

“Nothing like this has ever happened before, so it’s cause for concern,” said Wayne Olmstead.

Cecil Olmstead’s sister, Lois Cargile, said their brother Don took food for the ducks to Cecil’s house on Friday and left it outside the house.

When he returned on Monday, the food was still there, so Don called her, Cargile said.

She called Schoenfeldt, who filed a missing person report Monday with the sheriff’s department.

Schoenfeldt said she contacted their daughter Justina, who had a key to the house, and they checked it thoroughly.

“His garage door was open and the light was on. He always locks everything.

“So I checked his medication box and the last ones he took were Friday morning.”

Justina Olmstead said the door to the house was deadbolted from the outside.

But her father usually locks the deadbolt from the inside, because his arthritis makes using the key to lock it from the outside too difficult, she said.

Two deputies and a detective from the sheriff’s department searched the entire 11-acre property that includes two ponds using thermal sensors and found nothing, Schoenfeldt said.

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