Name: Shane Eldor Sprenger
Age: 47 years old
Last seen: November 2, 2021
Location: Vida, Oregon
Status: Found deceased in 2023
47-year-old Shane Sprenger was last seen in Vida, Oregon on November 2, 2021. He disappeared after leaving his job site to return home for lunch.
Shane Eldor Sprenger was born on September 23, 1974. Originally from Hutchinson, Minnesota, he attended Hutchinson Senior High School and Vermilion Community College.
In 2020, Sprenger lost his home to the Holiday Farm Fire near Blue River, Oregon, and had plans to rebuild it.
At the time of his disappearance, Sprenger lived in a home at 51160 McKenzie Highway in Vida, Oregon. Most of his family resides in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
On November 2, 2021, Sprenger went to work on a job site near McKenzie Bridge in Lane County, Oregon.
Up until 7:30 am, Springer was communicating with his family. He reportedly lost his keys to his truck and said that he needed a ride home.
Around 10:00 am, Sprenger was believed to have returned home for lunch.
Shane Sprenger never returned to work, and has never been heard from again. His phone was turned off the next day.
On November 5, 2021, Sprenger’s vehicle, a 2009 gray General Motor Corp Sierra pickup truck, was found abandoned on Mill Creek Road near the Blue River Reservoir area.
On November 5, 2021, his friends filed a missing person’s report with the Lane County Sheriff’s Office when they could not contact him.
The four people who last saw Sprenger at his home in Vida were also the ones who found his abandoned pickup truck and reported him missing on November 5, 2021.
Sprenger left the jobsite that morning with all his tools still plugged in outside in the misting weather. He was scheduled to meet with a subcontractor that afternoon, but failed to show up.
Authorities initially reported that Sprenger possibly disappeared while mushroom hunting near the Blue River Reservoir area.
His cell phone location information suggests that he was in the area, but it was turned off the day after Shane Sprenger went missing.
Remains of Shane Sprenger Found
On June 27, 2023, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that they had recovered partial remains belonging to Shane Sprenger.
His remains were found off Quartz Creek Road, which is about five miles southwest of the Blue River Reservoir where his truck was found in 2021.
The partial remains were found in late 2022, and sent in for testing while authorities continued their search in the area. In June 2023 the remains were identified as belonging to Shane.
Authorities say the case remains an active investigation, and are asking anyone with information to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (541) 682-4150.
Caucasian male born on September 23, 1974. Shane has brown hair, hazel eyes, stands 6’1 tall, and weighs 165 pounds.
Distinctive Physical Features:
Shane wears glasses for reading and uses hearing aids.
Clothing and accessories:
Shane was last seen wearing a camo jacket and dark work pants.
If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Shane Eldor Sprenger please contact the Lane County Sheriff’s Office at (541) 682-4150.
Resources & Further Information
Shane Eldor Sprenger #MP90689 – National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)
Missing in Blue River Oregon Area: Find Shane Sprenger – Facebook
Shane Sprenger – Facebook
News & Media Links
Lane County Sheriff’s Office seeks public’s help finding missing man – KEZI 11/21
Lane County Sheriff’s Office asking public for help finding 47-year-old missing man – The Register Guard 11/21
Family of a missing Vida man asks public’s help in search, offering reward – KLCC 12/21
Family of missing man offering $50,000 reward for locating him – KEZI 01/22
47-year-old Shane Sprenger of Vida has been missing for 3 months – KVAL 02/22
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