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December 16, 2002
National Guard joins search for missing toddler
 
Salem, Ore. – Responding to a request from the Marion County Sheriffs Officer, the Oregon Army National Guard dispatched an OH-58 Helicopter from the Aviation Flight Facility located at McNary Field in Salem this morning. The OH-58 is part of the RAID (reconnaissance Air Interdiction Detachment, of the Counterdrug Team of the Oregon National Guard.
 
The OH-58 is piloted by Chief Warrant Officer Four, Barry Brown and Chief Warrant Officer Three. Can McCarron. They are utilizing low level flying tactics as well as using the FLIR (Forward Looking Infrared) system in attempts to locate the missing toddler.
 
They launched from Salem Airport at approximately 7:30 a.m. this morning and were beginning the search pattern. They will be continuing their efforts under the direction of the Marion County Sheriff’s Department.Lt. Col. Dan Hokanson of the 641st Medical Battalion and the newly formed search and rescue team of the Oregon Army National Guard is currently at the command post located at the Jehovah’s Witness Church at Sunnyview Road and Mildred Street in Salem.
 
For more information contact:
 
Maj. Arnold Strong
 503-580-2645

Kay Fristad
503-584-3917
cell 503-931-5179