Courtland Lee Mumford
Mumford, approximately 2007; Plane similar to Mumford's
Date reported missing : 07/07/2007
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Lost/Injured Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 01/11/1942 (79)
Age at the time of disappearance: 65 years old
Height / Weight : 6'1, 170 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : White striped Asics sneakers, white calf-length sport socks, a gold wedding band and possibly a polo shirt with a flying-type logo.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Gray hair, blue eyes. Mumford's nickname is Court. He is balding. He has an appendectomy scar on his abdomen and large surgical scars on both knees and both shoulders.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Mumford was last seen in Portland, Oregon on July 7, 2007. A retired commercial airline pilot, he had recently purchased a bright yellow single-engine 2007 Cub Crafters Sports Cub aircraft with the tail number N222TB, and was making local familiarization flights.
He flew out of Aurora Airport shortly after 5:00 a.m. on July 7 and never returned. His family reported him missing that night.
A photograph of a plane similar to Mumford's is posted with this case summary. If it had a full tank of fuel, it could have flown as far as 400 miles without needing to stop. Neither the plane's emergency responder nor Mumford's cellular phone emitted any signals after his disappearance.
Mumford is a very experienced pilot; he worked for TWA and American Airlines for over 35 years and had an estimated 27,000 hours of flight experience. He was in excellent health at the time of his disappearance and participated in triathlons.
An extensive search turned up no sign of him or his plane. His case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Portland Police Bureau
September 2021 updates and sources
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