A thirteen year old Portland-area girl is back with her family after going missing yesterday afternoon. Kate Mollinedo and her family made the trip from the Portland area to Target Meadows Campground near Tollgate, Oregon. At around 3pm yesterday, Kate went missing causing her family to spring into action.
Family and friends combed the wooded area around the campground looking for Kate. After three hours of looking, they reported her missing to the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office. Initially, officials with the Sheriff’s office refused to provide any details concerning the incident. However, in a statement released Sunday afternoon, the department acknowledged they had activated their search and rescue team to locate Kate.
“We deployed several assets during the search including a helicopter with night vision, drones, all terrain vehicle units, canine units and ground search teams,” the statement from Undersheriff Jim Littlefield stated. The agencies involved in the search included Sheriff’s offices and search and rescue teams from Morrow, Union, Wallowa, Baker, Harney and Malheur counties; Umatilla County Emergency Management; Morrow County Emergency Management; a LifeFlight helicopter; and the Oregon Army National Guard.
Despite the extensive resources, Kate was unable to be located overnight. At around 10:30am Sunday, officials say that Kate was discovered by her mother’s boyfriend as she was walking around the wooded area yelling for help. Officials say that Kate was found unharmed, except for a few minor scratches, approximately 1/8th of a mile from her camp.
Kate says that Saturday afternoon, after falling from a tree she had climbed, she became disoriented and could not see or find her camp. She wandered along a trail where she and her family had picked huckleberries earlier in the day. She fell asleep near a tree after dark. At daybreak, she began walking around and yelling for help. That’s when she was discovered by her mother’s boyfriend. She did not require any medical attention.