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Mom Reunited With 5-Year Old Son After Separation During Greyhound Bus Trip
08/01/2008
Sergeant Lynn Withers
Oregon State Police - Roseburg
Office: (541) 440-3334

A 5-year old Vacaville, California boy spent some unexpected time with OSP troopers Friday after they located him at a Roseburg Greyhound bus station following a report the bus left without his mother at the Grants Pass bus station.
 
According to Sergeant Lynn Withers, on August 1, 2008 at approximately 8:00 a.m. an attempt to locate report was received from Josephine County 9-1-1 to OSP Southern Command Center dispatch to be on the look out for a Greyhound bus that had left the Grants Pass station without a 29-year old Vacaville, California mother whose 5-year old son was on the bus. The woman reported she had got off to use the bus station restroom as her son remained on the bus. When she returned, the bus was gone. The frantic woman got someone to call 9-1-1 to report she was separated.
 
One OSP trooper was on duty between Grants Pass and Roseburg but was unable to find the bus.
 
At 9:18 a.m. Sergeant Withers arrived at the Roseburg Greyhound bus station shortly after the bus arrived and found the boy quietly sitting on the bus. The boy accompanied Sergeant Withers from the station to the OSP Roseburg Area Command office to wait until his mother could take another bus and be reunited with him.
 
While enroute to the OSP office Sergeant Withers took the boy to a local Fred Meyer store and bought him some toys, then took the boy to a McDonald's restaurant to enjoy a meal together. Once arriving at the OSP office, the boy reportedly played catch with some of the OSP troopers and was kept busy until he could be reunited with his mother at the Greyhound bus station at 12:25 p.m.
 
The mother and boy were enroute to Salem to meet relatives and are waiting for the next bus to depart Roseburg and continue on their trip.