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Missing Man: Peter "Sean" Kosky - OR - 09/30/2012

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Search for missing man in McMinnville

Posted: Oct 02, 2012 9:29 PM EDT

Updated: Oct 02, 2012 9:31 PM EDT

By FOX 12 Webstaff

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MCMINNVILLE, OR (KPTV) - Search crews are looking for a missing man in McMinnville who may be in need of his medication.

Peter Kosky, 24, was last seen Sunday night at a house at 15580 N.W. Orchard View Rd. He had gone there to stay with his cousin for three days.

The home sits on 130 acres and includes woods and trails, making the search difficult. Deputies believe he may still be on the property.

Investigators said Kosky did not indicate he was leaving the area.

He suffers from seizures and does not have his medication with him.

Around 24 people are searching the ground with dogs and horses, while a National Guard helicopter searched from the sky on Tuesday.

If you have seen Kosky or know where he is, call the Yamhill County Sheriff's Department at 503-434-7306.

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Deputies searching for McMinnville man without medication

By Staff Published: Oct 2, 2012 at 7:30 PM PDT

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PORTLAND, Ore. – A Search and rescue team is searching the Miller Woods Nature site Tuesday night, looking for a man last seen Sunday.

Peter Kosky, 24, who's from McMinnville, was visiting friends near Miller Woods and was last seen after dark Sunday. Kosky has a history of seizures after he was hit by a car last year.

Sgt. Brian Young with the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office say there is no reason to suspect foul play or suicide. Kosky also doesn’t have his seizure medication with him.

Kosky is 6 foot 2 inches tall and weighs about 180 pounds. He has brown hair, green eyes and a short beard.

He has a facial bruise below his left eye.

He was last seen wearing pajama pants and flip flops. He was not wearing a shirt or coat.

Young said deputies believe Kosky is still at Miller Woods but anyone who has information about his whereabouts is asked to call the sheriff's office at 503-434-7306.

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Search suspended for missing McMinnville man

Published: Oct 5, 2012 at 8:28 AM PDT

McMINNVILLE, Ore. - The search for a missing man with a history of seizures has been suspended.

Peter Kosky, 24, was last seen after dark on Sunday while visiting friends near the Miller Woods nature site in McMinnville. He walked away wearing flip-flops and pajama bottoms.

Volunteers searched Miller Woods for four days and found no signs of Kosky.

Kosky has been suffering from seizures since last year, when he was hit by a car. He did not have his seizure medication with him when he disappeared. He also has difficulty with walking.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office at (503) 434-7306.

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Reward offered for information about missing McMinnville resident

Nov 9, 2012

By Paul Daquilante

Of the News-Register

Pete Kosky, the father of 24-year-old Sean Kosky, who was reported missing in late September in the rugged Miller Woods area west of McMinnville, announced Friday he is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the whereabouts of his son.

Kosky is also placing an ad in the News-Register to raise awarness of his son's disappearance. He plans to run the ad for a month.

The search for Kosky, last seen at a home where he was temporarily staying on the 130-acre Miller Woods property, six miles west of McMinnville on Orchard View Road, was launched Oct. 1.

Despite Oregon Air Guard helicopter support, dog teams and highly trained search and rescue squads that scoured the area for Kosky initially, there has been no trace of him to date.

Yamhill County Sheriff Jack Crabtree made the decision Oct. 4 to scale back the massive air and ground search. However, family members and friends organized a private search the weekend of Oct. 6-7.

All Kosky was wearing when he disappeared was light sleepware and flip-flops. He lacked a cell phone, warm clothing, food and water. He also lacked the medication he takes for severe and frequent epileptic seizures.

Crabtree said when the search was scaled back there was no indication he caught a ride with someone and left the area.

"The stories I was told when I learned he was missing did not make a lot of sense," said Pete Kosky, a Portland businessman who is vice-president of Star Rentals. "There were inconsistencies in the stories.

"I know Sean very well. He was not suicidal. He definitely would not have walked out into the woods, leaving his cigarettes, medications, money and wallet sitting there (in the home where he was staying at the time)."

Kosky said there is "something more to this story" as it relates to his son. He admits he does not believe he is still alive but he wants closure for the family.

Sean's mother, Denise Farnham, and Kosky are divorced. Sean has a step-brother and a biological sister.

"I won't speculate on what happened," he said. "I have my own opinions. Right now, the bottom line is we need to move forward and get as much information as possible regarding where he is."

Anyone with information about Kosky's whereabouts is asked to call the sheriff's office tip line at 1-800-577-1707 or detective Don Stackpole at 503-434-7506, according to Capt. Tim Svenson.

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New evidence gives hope to family of missing man in 2012 case


Nina Mehlhaf, KGW Staff 3:09 p.m. PDT June 12, 2015




MCMINNVILLE, Ore. - For three years, a McMinnville family has been left wondering what happened to their son and brother.


Sean Kosky was sitting on a couch watching a movie, and then the 24-year-old was gone. Since his disappearance in 2012, the case has gone cold. But after more than two years, that could be changing now that new evidence has been discovered.


Sean's mother, Denise McGunnigle, has not given up hope that her son will be found.


"He was the class clown in school. He was funny, everybody liked him," she said.


McGunnigle describes her son as a goofball who was into rugby and liked to write. Diagnosed with a rare form of epilepsy in second grade, Sean tried his best to fit in with other children.


But with major seizures, heavy medications and clinical trials to study his condition, it was difficult at times.


"He did testing for epilepsy that caused him pain and discomfort, and me discomfort, so that he could, 'Maybe help just one kid mom, help just one kid'," McGunnigle recalled.


The seizures kept Sean from working or from moving away from home. His family says he fell in with a dangerous crowd, shooting heroin and smoking lots of marijuana, even though he was taking anti-seizure medication.


Even at 24, he needed constant supervision, so when his mom went out of town in September 2012, Sean stayed the weekend at the house his cousin rented in the Miller Woods area of McMinnville. It was the caretaker's home on a 130-acre nature preserve with ponds, trails, ravines and a creek.


At the time, the house had no Internet or phone service and only one gravel road in. Cousin Kristen Harrison, her boyfriend and a roommate were there. That Sunday night before everyone went to bed, they all said Sean was watching a movie in the living room. An hour later, when the roommate came out for a glass of water, Sean was gone. The next morning, panic set in as Sean was nowhere to be found.


"He didn't go anywhere and I know it sounds wrong to say because it puts him in a box that I'd rather not have put him in, but he wouldn't have left his cigarettes, his pot, he just wouldn't have," McGunnigle said.


Police verified Sean's cell phone hadn't been used in days and he couldn't drive. Search crews looked for months, drained the ponds, and used cadaver dogs, but always came up empty.


According to police, Sean may have owed money to a drug dealer, further complicating the search effort. But no suspects have emerged to support a specific theory.


Then, this past April, the first real piece of evidence was found. Sean's sandals were discovered by an adjoining property owner while hunting. It was at the edge of a ravine, less than a mile from the house. The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office says it was 100 yards outside of all the search perimeters.


Perhaps Sean had a seizure walking and fell into Baker Creek which will be searched this summer. Or, were his shoes planted there years ago? The family has now hired private investigator Ray Marcom to help.


"People I have talked to have all said he was not suicidal, but he did feel as though he was a burden to people," said Marcom. "As I understand it, he wanted to stay there, he wanted to live up there with his cousin, but that wasn't going to be possible and he knew that the night that he disappeared, he was told that."


Suicide is a theory Sean's family doesn't agree with. But with a former homicide detective now on the case, and more searches planned, there is new hope of finding out what happened to Sean Kosky.


"I can't go anywhere until I find my boy," Denise McGunnigle said while crying. "He was my everything, he was my baby."


More searches are planned for the next month, around the property where the sandals were found, and in Baker Creek as the water levels recede. Sean had a metal nerve stimulator device installed near his heart, and a metal rod in his leg. Authorities say those things could still be found out in the forest.


There is a $5,000 reward in the case. Anyone with information about Kosky's whereabouts can call the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office (503) 434-7506.

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