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C. Oregon Peacekeepers help search for missing Bend man

DCSO missing person Patrick Gillespie

Man missing near Redmond, C.O. Peacekeepers search for missing Bend man

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- The Central Oregon Peacekeepers on Friday organized a search effort to help find a missing Bend man, last seen on March 11.

Members and volunteers met at Walmart in Bend before heading out to search for any sign of Patrick Gillespie, 47, last seen leaving work in his silver Honda Accord.

Volunteers were searching the Deschutes River Woods area where he lives and in northeast Bend. They said they'd be searching into the night and meet again Saturday and Sunday at 8 a.m. in the southeast parking lot of the Bend Walmart.

"It seems to have come out of the blue, so all possibilities are still on the table," volunteer Jay Wells said. "We may be looking for someone who doesn't want to be found, and we may be looking for someone who is incapacitated or passed away or suffering from a physical or mental health issue -- really, every possibility is still being considered."

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    1. My daddy told me: If you throw a stick into a pack of dogs, the one that yelps is the one you hit.

      The irony of their name ‘Central Oregon Peacekeeper'(neither of which is true) must make Luke want to have another giant sandwich.

      1. It takes a coward to attack someone for their weight! You are a hero to no one!

        Meanwhile, attention needs to be brought to the fact that the leader of the C.O.P. is a publically documented paid informant for both the OSP, PDX_PD, along with DCSO! This disturbing fact should be questioned by all!

        1. Present your Sources for the allegations, please?

          Otherwise this is nonsense. Very malicious nonsense.

          And I am no cheerleader for the “peacekeepers”.

      2. I had the best comment on this article about how Luke’s eating habits may be related to the missing man. Of course the hack moderator deletes my comment then allows others to post similar. He’ll probably delete this as well.

      3. You got that saying wrong….If you throw a stick into a pack of dogs, the one that brings it back to you is a Lab.
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        If you throw a stone into a pack of dogs, the one that yelps is the one you hit.

  1. A very pathetic attempt to appear relevant on the part of the “Peacekeepers”. Don’t see them trying to get air time on the news by volunteering at places such as Bethlehem Inn or Shepard’s House that are actually doing some good for those less fortunate in our community. In the meantime, I’m sure Luke volunteered to check out all of the fast food joints on 3rd Street.

    1. FYI
      the Peacekeepers support the volunteer soup kitchens and other outreach to the houseless in Bend. I have seen them out there multiple times.

    2. Wow! Way to attack someone for their weight! Pathetic!

      Meanwhile, attention needs to be brought to the fact that he is a publically documented paid informant for both the OSP, PDX_PD, along with DCSO! This disturbing fact should be questioned.

    3. The COPK routinely “borrows” community project ideas from other more noteworthy groups and rides the PR they get for doing so.

      And on their FB page they rant and rave how no one else is paying attention to the homeless, the undocumented, the missing, the hungry, and so on.

      Then they hit you up for a PayPal donation.

      About says it all.

  2. Luke Richter is a paid on-the-books informant of the Portland police department, along with the Deschutes County Sheriff. This information is public record and mentioned in multiple court documents. As such, seems like he should be helping his paymasters do their job!

  3. peacekeepers ran out of local minorities to exploit for racial controversy so they changed the game to advocating for the homeless. After seeing they won’t stir any controversy there because the state and city are only coddling and providing accommodations for them rather than clear out their trash pile camps, they have now become so desperate to remain relevant (as if they ever really were) that they are searching for missing people.
    Next week they’ll be pulling cats out of trees and providing free face painting in drake park..

    1. “They have proven they have no understanding of de-escalation strategies and techniques”

      They actually want escalation. They are agitators. They are always hoping for authority figures to lose their cool so they can get it on camera and call them fascists.

  4. in part because of these irrelevent ambulance chasers, your lcoal government is too busy focusing on complying with pc culture rules rather than working on real problems.

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