Searchers Look For 'Hot Spot'
Posted: 10/3/03 2:41 pm
Local News: Tuesday, December 08, 1998
Searchers Look For `Hot Spot'
Seattle Times Staff: Seattle Times News Services
ROCKY POINT, Ore. - Searchers today pursued a "hot spot" registered by heat-seeking devices on a helicopter searching for 8-year-old Derek Engebretson, missing since Saturday in freezing, snow-covered mountains.
Derek wandered away from his father and grandfather about 3 p.m. Saturday while hunting for a Christmas tree in the Winema National Forest near Pelican Butte about 20 miles south of Crater Lake National Park.
The device measures changes in temperature, and the reading could be the missing boy but could also be a large animal, Klamath County sheriff's deputies said.
Derek was dressed warmly. The third-grader also was carrying a hatchet, and the fact that he was an avid hunter familiar with the woods gave searchers and relatives hope that he would be found alive.
"We have to find him no matter what," said an aunt, Liz Davis. "He hunts up here with his grandpa all the time. They call him `Bear Boy.' He's a pretty feisty little guy."
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