OREGON CITY, Ore. – The Federal Bureau of Investigations and Clackamas County SWAT members on Thursday joined police and sheriff's deputies in their search for a 13-year-old runaway who could be in danger.
Samantha Dodson of Oregon City may be with 40-year-old Kelsey “Patrick” McCune, a friend of Dodson's father who spent Thanksgiving with the family.
Authorities believe the pair may be looking for places to camp.
Searchers spent Thursday morning looking for the pair in the Newell Creek area of Oregon City. SWAT members joined the search because they were the largest law-enforcement resource that could quickly join search and rescue teams, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.
A news conference was planned for 1 p.m. Thursday.
Authorities believe Dodson and McCune may be using public transportation and may have camping equipment with them.
“The Sheriff's Office is concerned about Dodson's welfare because of the record-cold temperatures expected to last for days, leading CCSO to deploy extra resources in this case,” Wurpes said in a news release.
A new billboard (image below) is going up on McLoughlin Boulevard featuring the latest known photo of Dodson. Two more billboards are also planned for Washington County, Wurpes said.
McCune is a transient, according to the sheriff's office. He has made money in the past by doing computer freelance work. McCune is six feet tall and 170 pounds. He has a glass eye and salt-and-pepper hair. He may be carrying large duffel bags or backpacks with camping gear.
The sheriff’s office released a new search bulletin, including an image of what McCune may look like without facial hair.
Dodson was last seen in the Oregon City area Tuesday night. She is described as a 5 feet 4 inches tall and 125 pounds. She has brown eyes and a slim build. She recently dyed her hair red, Wurpes said.
The sheriff's office said Dodson has no history of suicide attempts or running away from home.
Anyone who sees Dodson or McCune is asked to immediately call 911.
This story will be updated with more information as we learn it.