Two missing men found, one alive and one dead

The man found alive was found in an apartment across the hallway and taken to a hospital.

Rick Metzger, who went missing Jan. 8, was found alive in a vacant apartment across the hallway. (Everett Police Department)

Rick Metzger, who went missing Jan. 8, was found alive in a vacant apartment across the hallway. (Everett Police Department)

EVERETT — Police on Monday reported that the searches for two missing men with Alzheimer’s have ended with different outcomes.

One was found alive; the other had died.

A missing Everett man was found safe Monday, a week after he went missing. He was discovered in a vacant apartment across the hallway.

Rick Metzger, 65, walked away from his home around 4 a.m. Jan. 8, in the 10700 block of Evergreen Way, according to Everett police.

He had recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. A public bulletin announced he might have tried to make his way to Mukilteo.

On Monday morning, an employee at Metzger’s apartment complex found him in a neighboring unit that was supposedly unoccupied.

Police aren’t sure how long Metzger had been there, or how he got in, He was confused, disoriented, likely dehydrated and likely hungry, said Everett officer Aaron Snell.

He was sent to Providence Regional Medical Center to be examined.

The body of Paul Yoshiara, 75, was found Saturday.

A Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office helicopter rescue team located the body around 10 a.m. that day in a grassy field near the Lowell-Snohomish River Road, sheriff’s Lt. Rick Hawkins said Monday.

There were no signs of trauma or foul play, Hawkins said.

Yoshihara was last seen around 10 p.m. Jan. 7. He was in his home in the 4500 block of Lowell Snohomish River Road. His wife woke Jan. 8 to find him gone.

Searchers wondered if he might try to visit the couple’s former home in Everett, which has since burned down. The property is in the 2800 block of 128th Street.

Yoshiara typically didn’t leave his residence without being accompanied, the sheriff’s office reported. Tips poured in from the community about possible sightings. In one report, a caller thought to have seen him at a fast food restaurant in the Quil Ceda area in Marysville.

Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446; stevick@heraldnet.com.

More in Local News

Separate suspected DUI, hit-and-run crashes hospitalize 4

Emergency responders were busy Saturday night after three collisions across Lynnwood.

A new $20 shuttle begins runs from Monroe to Stevens Pass

Overcrowded parking in the ski area and heavy traffic on U.S. 2 prompted the new weekend service.

Marysville Little League president sentenced for theft

A forensic audit found Leo Carlos, 50, could not account for more than $71,000 of league money.

Looking back: 1930s WPA project transformed Forest Park

A public works program is responsible for much of what exists today.

County seeks federal aid after recent floods and landslides

If your home or business was damaged, you could help the state qualify for disaster assistance.

A resident uses an ATV to navigate the washed out and crumbling road bed of 260th Ave NE leading to Skyview Estate in Monroe on February 13, 2020. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Neighborhood near Monroe still scrambling after mudslide

Inspectors found new cracks in the road Thursday. The county says one home may be unsafe to occupy.

Dental records confirm identity of remains found in Tulalip

Jacob Hilkin, 24, of Everett, had been missing since 2018.

photos by Dan Bates / The Herald 
                                WSDOT spokeswoman Diane Rhodes talks with reporters and photojournalists at the passenger terminal under construction at Mukilteo on Thursday.
Passenger building offers glimpse of Mukilteo ferry terminal

The new facility connecting Mukilteo and Whidbey Island is expected to open in October or November.

Everett’s new passenger terminal gets some national love

Paine Field was voted 8th-best among a selection of small airports, some of which aren’t all that small.

Most Read