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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Where is Tyler Brady?

Posted by Sarah Mirk on Wed, Mar 3, 2010 at 4:54 PM

If youve seen Tyler or his bike, call 911.
  • If you've seen Tyler or his bike, call 911.
Twenty-two-year-old Portlander Tyler Brady has now been missing for 14 days. Brady is a regular Portland guy: he loves bikes, beer and punk shows. He was moving into a house on SE Woodstock called the Dustbin and was last seen riding his black fixed-gear bike with white handlebars.

Now the police and Brady's family are looking for the public's help in tracking him down. They do not have any leads pointing to suicide. Or homicide. Or a bike crash. He's just... missing. He left his messenger bag at his house, says his roommate, taking only his wallet and cell phone (which is now dead) when he left he house sometime on the night of February 17th. It took his roommates 10 days to figure out Brady was really gone, not just staying at another friend's house or out late at bars.

"Every single person who knows Ty, the first thing that they said was maybe he just hopped a train somewhere," says Brady's housemate Kara Stubbs, who says Brady has hopped trains before. He's an adventurous but reliable kid, according to friends. In addition to hopping trains, he had ridden his touring bike from Seattle to Portland and spent last summer working on a fishing ship in Alaska. For the past year at least, Brady had been doing maintenance work. He would ride his black Schwinn fixie around Portland to maintenance jobs all day long, his car growing moss in the Dustbin's driveway. "Even if he partied all weekend, he would get up an go to work on Monday. I never knew him to miss a day of work," says housemate Ben Johnson. "He was one of my only roommates who always paid his rent on time."

More info about Brady's disappearance and a video from his father below the cut.

Roommate Kara Stubbs the last she heard of Brady was on the night of the 17th. He was downtown with a friend and had tried to get into Tube, but refused entry because he was too drunk. Stubbs says that though he was a good rider, Brady would often bike drunk. His messenger bag was at the house when she got home at 4AM from her bartending job, but Brady was nowhere to be found.

"Right now I'm hoping he hit his head and he's camping somewhere, having forgotten who he is. That's what I'm hoping," says Stubbs.

"Maybe he got hit by a car. Some big truck driver could have hit him, pushed him into a ditch and not called," speculates Johnson.

Friends and the police do not suspect suicide, since Brady seemed to be in good emotional health. The police missing persons division is investigating the case, but since ten days elapsed before his absence was noticed and there's no certainty where he was headed when he last left home, police have not enacted a search and rescue operation. "We wouldn't know where to start a search and rescue," says Portland Police spokeswoman Mary Wheat.

The police put together this little video of Brady's father asking for the public's help in this case. If you've seen Brady or his bike, call 911.

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