Porsche Stolen 27 Years Ago Discovered in Oregon Woods

January 12, 2019 Updated: March 12, 2019

A man walking his dog deep in the Oregon woods made a startling discovery—a wrecked Porsche coupe on its roof, wedged against a tree at the bottom of a steep embankment, and beside it—remains, according to local police.

The 1979 Porsche 924 had been reported stolen from a movie theater parking lot in Medford, Oregon—nearly 27 years ago. Evidence found on and around the wreckage suggested the car had been there for a long time.

“Heavy forest debris indicated the vehicle had been there for a significant period of time. The registration tags expired in 1991,” stated the police report.

The missing Porsche was found near Abbott Prairie Road (National Forest Road 6620), about 1.5 miles north of the intersection with Elk Creek Road.

The car’s location at the bottom of a cliff made it difficult to spot, police said.

“The position of the vehicle at the base of the cliff made it nearly impossible to see from the road above,” officials from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office wrote in a statement.

The vehicle was found off Abbott Prairie Road (National Forest Road 6620), approximately 1.5 miles north of the intersection with Elk Creek Road. (Screenshot Google Maps / composite by Tom Ozimek)

Skeletal remains in the vicinity of the vehicle were also reported by the dog walker, who immediately called dispatch to report the find. Police investigators determined that the bones were not human in origin–they belonged to a deer.

“Detectives checked the wreckage and found no human remains in or around the vehicle,” the statement read.

The Porsche was stolen from a movie theater parking lot on Jan. 20, 1991, and was the subject of a police investigation.

Removal of the vehicle from the forest is hampered by difficult terrain and environmental concerns, with officials reportedly working on optimal next steps.

Photograph of a Porsche 924, similar to the one found off Abbott Prairie Road in rural Oregon on Nov. 28, 2017. (Alessio, CC BY 2.0)

Photo of the wrecked Porsche 924 discovered in the Oregon forest. (Jackson County Sheriff’s Office)

Photo of the wrecked Porsche 924 discovered in the Oregon forest. (Jackson County Sheriff’s Office)
Photo of the wrecked Porsche 924 discovered in the Oregon forest. (Jackson County Sheriff’s Office)

Stolen Porsche Reaches 100+ Mph

In Georgia in 2018, a stolen Porsche driver sped away from police at speeds in excess of 100 mph, KIRO reported.

Greene County Sheriff Donnie Harrison stated that officers put down spike strips, which deflated tires on the car.

“Once we deploy them out in the road, they expand,” Harrison said.

Harris said Michael Cornelius Clark, 27, was the driver of the car and was later arrested.

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