2019-07-15 02:20:39 UTC
Remains found in Southern Oregon thought to be those of missing Hollywood actor
Updated Jul 14, 3:37 PM; Posted Jul 14, 7:34 AM
By Kale Williams | The Oregonian/OregonLive
Human remains found in a rugged part of Southern Oregon are thought to be those of Charles Levin, a Hollywood actor reported missing last week, officials said Sunday.
Levin was reported missing from Grants Pass July 8 by his son after he hadn’t heard from his father for several days. The 70-year-old actor drove a distinctive orange 2012 Fiat and was known to frequently travel with a fawn-colored pug named Boo Boo Bear, according to police.
Using GPS data from Levin’s cell phone, search and rescue crews were able to narrow their search to a region near the town of Selma, southwest of Grants Pass, and scoured the rugged terrain for any sign of Levin.
Around 8 p.m. on Saturday, a resident in the area found Levin’s car on “very remote and almost impassable road,” the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety said in a news release. The car was off the road and disabled due to the terrain.
Levin’s pug, Boo Boo Bear, was found dead inside the vehicle.
Crews began a more intense search of the area around the car and, after several hours, found human remains.
“Based on the circumstances, there is a high probability that the remains are those of Charles Levin,” the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety said.
Levin played numerous roles on television comedies from the 80s and 90s like “Seinfeld,” “Night Court” and “Doogie Howser M.D.” Levin also had roles in more than a dozen movies, including “The Golden Child," “Annie Hall” and “This is Spinal Tap.”
No other details were given and officials said a final identification of the remains would be completed by the medical examiner.
-- Kale Williams