Derrick James Engebretson

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Divers Find No Trace Of Lost Boy

Divers Find No Trace Of Lost Boy
Posted: 12/15/02 6:49 am
Monday, October 21, 2002 - 12:00 a.m. Pacific

Divers find no trace of lost boy

By The Associated Press

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — It has been four years since 8-year-old Derrick Engebretson disappeared while hunting for Christmas trees with his father.

Hundreds of people joined in the original search after Derrick's disappearance on Dec. 8, 1998. They never found so much as a shred of clothing.

On Saturday, volunteers looked in an area where, four years ago, searchers found a hole in the ice and a child's footprint on the bank.

Divers searched the shallow inlet at the time.

But if Derrick had fallen through the hole, one clue that would remain after four years would be the hatchet taken to cut down a tree.

Portland diver Jeff Preece spent several hours carefully working his way through the shallow water and the deep muck with a metal detector. He found several metal objects but no hatchet.

Lori Engebretson, the boy's mother, said she appreciated the attempt. "Any effort to find my son, I feel 100 percent wonderful about," she said.

Copyright © 2002 The Seattle Times Company

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