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Official Search Ends For Boy Lost In Oregon Woods

Official Search Ends For Boy Lost In Oregon Woods
Posted: 10/3/03 2:48 pm

Local News: Monday, December 14, 1998

Pacific Northwest

Official Search Ends For Boy Lost In Oregon Woods

Seattle Times Staff: Seattle Times News Services

ROCKY POINT, Ore. - As the sun set on Saturday, the eighth day of a fruitless search for 8-year-old Derrick Engebretson, the effort was officially abandoned by all but the boy's family and friends.

A small lean-to discovered late Friday had offered one last surge of optimism, even though temperatures dived well below freezing. Searchers thought Derrick could have built it.

But by sundown Saturday, the mood around the camps had changed as weary volunteers and Klamath County sheriff's deputies lost any hope of finding Derrick in southern Oregon's Winema National Forest. He got lost Dec. 5 in a sudden snowstorm while looking for Christmas trees with his father and grandfather.

Search coordinator Bud Wilson said some of his volunteers had put in well more than 100 hours on the mountain.

"It's a tough decision," he said. "But you've got to draw the line somewhere."

Hundreds of people have been involved in the search in the past week. Three helicopters searched at treetop level with heat-sensing gear. Teams with trained search dogs from as far away as the San Francisco Bay Area were on hand by week's end. Even psychics had called from across the country to offer their insights.

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