Observer staff

About 7:30 a.m. on Thursday Oregon State Police, Morrow County Sheriff's Office and Boardman Police Department responded to a report of a man suffering from a gunshot wound at the Love's Truck Stop near exit 159 in Morrow County.

Upon arrival at the scene, officers discovered a 48 year old man inside a private vehicle suffering from a single gunshot wound. The man, with a last known address in Eugene, Oregon, was transported to Good Shepherd Medical Center for treatment.

Preliminary investigation revealed the victim was shot at another location and transported to Love's Truck Stop by a citizen who was waved down by the victim on Interstate 84 near milepost 151, where the the victim alleges to have been kidnapped and dropped off nearby. The victim claimed his abductors were operating a maroon van that fled the scene in an unknown direction. There is no evidence at this time indicating that there is a threat to the the general public.

The Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is leading the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the shooting and alleged abduction with assistance from the Morrow County Sheriff's Office, Boardman Police Department, Hermiston Police Department, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Local investigators in the Portland Metro area, Willamette Valley and the State of Washington have been assisting.

Anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious circumstances or observed the victim and suspect vehicle on Interstate 84 near milepost 151 this morning are asked to call the Oregon State Police Southern Command Dispatch Center at 1-541-664-4600 and use reference case number SP17461025.

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