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Search crews look for missing endangered man in McMinnville

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MCMINNVILLE, OR (KPTV) -

Dozens of search and rescue crews have spent the last three days searching for a medically endangered McMinnville man.

Yamhill County Sheriff's deputies said Peter Shawn Kosky, 24, was last seen in a rural area of McMinnville and officials said he's not prepared to deal with the outdoors.

Kosky's family is holding out hope he'll be found safe.

For the last three days, members of the several agencies have descended on a 135-acre piece of property where Kosky was last seen.

Crews are dealing with rugged and steep terrain that makes up Miller Woods just outside of McMinnville.

"Everyone is coping, I don't think the severity has set in. I think we all think he's just somewhere he shouldn't be," said Rob Lewis, a family friend.

Kosky was last seen on Sunday night where he was staying at a home on the property of Miller Woods.

Family members told officials he was spending the weekend with his cousin as they were preparing to move him into an adult foster care home.

On Monday morning, his family realized he was nowhere to be found.

"Everyone thinks he's somewhere he shouldn't be and he's scared to let anybody know," Lewis said.

Every minute that passes is a concern for Kosky's family because he suffers from severe seizures that require him to take medication on a daily basis, but he's been without that medication since Sunday.

"He has very big seizures that last a long time. Normally it's like a minute but his can go for 15-20 minutes," Lewis said.

For the last three days, members of search and rescue crew have been scouring the property by foot, horseback and on all-terrain vehicles.

On Wednesday, the search expanded to areas outside of the property and crews canvassed side roads and nearby properties, looking for any signs of Kosky.

"He's got some mobility issues so I don't think that he's got the ability to go up a hill like you and I could, so that's why we think and we're concentrating our efforts in this area," said Sgt. Brian Young, with the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office.

"Mom is doing really well, but as the time progresses it's getting a little harder for her," added Lewis.

Kosky was last seen wearing a pair of green pajama pants and possibly a white T-shirt and flip-flops.

Experts are concerned he won't be able to stay warm as temperatures in the area are dropping to the upper 30s to low 40s at night.

"It's hard holding on to that hope. I think the family is getting to the point where maybe that's not the case," Lewis said.

Law enforcement agencies from counties all around the area are helping with the search.

So far they've only been searching in daylight hours but there are some crews driving around some of the roads and trails during the night.

Crews will be back on Thursday starting at 8 a.m. to continue the search. 

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