Missing 13-year-old Ore. City girl found safe after 5 days

Missing 13-year-old Ore. City girl found safe after 5 days

Missing 13-year-old Ore. City girl found safe after 5 days

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by Evan Sernoffsky, KGW.com Staff

KING5.com

Posted on December 7, 2013 at 6:31 PM

OREGON CITY, Ore. – Samantha Dodson, a missing 13-year-old Oregon City girl, was found in good condition in a wooded area north of an Oregon mobile home park Saturday evening, deputies said.

Deputies and the SWAT team resumed the search for Dodson around 4:30 p.m. after getting what they called a “credible” tip from a witness Saturday who saw her and 40-year-old Kelsey McCune near South Maple Lane Road and South Country Village Drive, said Sgt. Nate Thompson with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities originally thought Dodson had run away Tuesday night, but on Friday evening, deputies issued a warrant of McCune’s arrest on a kidnapping charge. McCune is a transient who is reportedly a friend of the Dodson family and even spent Thanksgiving with them.

McCune was also found in good condition Saturday, Thompson said.

Tips poured in and authorities were diligently searching for Dodson as a bitter cold snap set in this week.

Overnight Saturday, temperatures dipped below 20 degrees with Sunday morning temperatures expected to fall as low as 10 degrees, which was particularly concerning because the two were thought to be camping.

Federal authorities joined the search for Dodson Wednesday, and on Thursday morning, SWAT crews were called in to back up more in-depth search efforts in Oregon City, said Sgt. Robert Wurpes with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities urged news outlets and the public to use the hashtag #FindSamantha on Twitter and Facebook to get the word out on social media.

Dodson's Oregon City family held a press conference Thursday pleading for her to come home.

"Sammie, your mom and dad are worried about you. Your brothers and sisters are worried about you. Your friends are worried about you and you can't be out there in that cold," said her sister, Sarah Dodson. "Please call us or call 911 and let us know you're safe."

Dodson was described as white, 5-foot-4 and 125 lbs., with brown eyes and a slim build. Her hair was recently dyed red.

McCune was described as white, 6 feet tall and 170 lbs., with a glass eye and salt-and-pepper hair. He has no known address.


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