Son: Family never heard from Ind. fugitive in Ore.

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ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) -- The son of an Indiana fugitive who died after a confrontation with police officers in Oregon says he had no idea what happened to his father when he vanished 12 years ago.

Oregon authorities say 62-year-old Phillip Ferguson died last week from a gunshot wound to the head soon after officers spotted him in a remote area near Burns, Ore. Prosecutors charged Ferguson in 2000 with bilking investors in his Marion financial firm out of $30 million

Brian Ferguson of Anderson tells The Herald Bulletin (http://bit.ly/Kwj8jY ) that his father "just vanished" in 2000 without any goodbyes.

Ferguson says he never knew whether his father was alive and that he can't fathom how someone could leave behind his family for so long.

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Information from: The Herald Bulletin, http://www.theheraldbulletin.com