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Campers Help Police, State Parks Personnel Find Two Missing Autistic Boys at Memaloose State Park
07/24/2011
Sergeant Pat Shortt
Oregon State Police - The Dalles
(541) 296-9646

Two autistic brothers were found safe Saturday night after missing for about 3 hours in the Memaloose State Park area along Interstate 84 west of The Dalles. Law enforcement officers, State Parks & Recreation personnel, and people vacationing at the park worked together to find the children ages 11 and 13.
 
According to Oregon State Police Sergeant Pat Shortt, on July 23, 2011 a Tennessee family with three juvenile age boys was camping at Memaloose State Park. The three boys were playing at the park playground when the youngest, an 8-year old boy, returned back to camp about 8:00 p.m. About one hour later their mother realized the other two boys did not return to camp. After unsuccessfully looking for the boys for 30 minutes they reported them missing to the camp hosts who notified Wasco County 9-1-1.
 
OSP troopers, Wasco County Sheriff's Office, a US Forest Service law enforcement officer, and State Parks & Recreation personnel responded and jointly coordinated search efforts with the help of people at the campground.
 
At 10:50 p.m. two couples helping searchers found the boys safe. One of the men, Jack Rockway, age 27, who found the boys is a U.S. Marine who just returned from serving in Afghanistan. He and his wife live in Hawaii and are vacationing in Oregon with her brother and girlfriend from St. Helens.
 
When the boys were found they said they went on an adventure and it got dark a lot faster than they expected.