Ashland buys land that belonged to missing ex-NASCAR driver

ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Ashland City Council has voted to buy land that belonged to a former race car driver who disappeared last year.

Harold Hardesty walked off his property a little more than a year ago and hasn't been seen since. The Jackson County Sheriff's Office said investigators believe the 87-year-old man killed himself.

The Ashland Daily Tidings reports the council authorized spending $1.2 million for 21 acres of land adjacent to its wastewater treatment plant. The Hardesty trust initially listed the property for sale at $1.5 million.

Public Works Director Paula Brown says the land fits nicely with several goals of the city, including the construction of wetlands to cool down wastewater before it enters Bear Creek.

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Information from: The Ashland Daily Tidings, http://www.dailytidings.com