PORT ORCHARD — A Port Angeles man who was reportedly missing since April 26 was found safe in Port Orchard this week.
Curtis “Curt” Green, 49, who suffers from schizophrenia, was spotted by a Port Angeles resident who happened to see Green walking along a highway at about 7 p.m. Monday, his family said.
The person recognized Green from a flier that the family had circulated on social media and contacted Green’s sister, Jami Green.
The family drove to Port Orchard and brought him back to Port Angeles on Monday evening.
“We’re totally relieved,” Green said in a Wednesday interview. “We had this unknowing feeling, like a void, like something’s missing.
“It was just really worrisome,” she added. “Now we totally feel light on our feet because he’s home.”
Curtis Green, a member of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, is on medication for severe schizophrenia, according to his family. He was uninjured during his 14-day journey and is now back on his medication, Jami Green said.
Curtis Green “just took off walking” April 26, his sister said. He had reported visiting Tacoma, Seattle, Aberdeen and Shelton.
“We had a few possible sightings of him down there in Aberdeen, so maybe those sightings were 100 percent,” Jami Green said.
The family filed a missing person’s report with Port Angeles police on May 3.
“Curtis has, in the past, attempted to leave Port Angeles on foot and walk or hitchhike to Arizona,” Officer Jackson VanDusen wrote in the report. “Curtis is under the belief that he is back in the 1980s and he is looking for his biological father who used to live in Arizona.”
Another sister, Dana Edgington, told the Peninsula Daily News last week that Curtis Green had hitchhiked to Oregon 15 to 20 years ago. He was sent to an Oregon psychiatric hospital after he was caught taking bread and bologna from a grocery store because he was hungry and had no money, she said.
Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at rollikainen@peninsula dailynews.com.