Update: Missing sisters from South Lake Tahoe found safe
August 24, 2017
Two sisters, who live in South Lake Tahoe and were reported missing earlier this week, have been located, authorities said.
The Crook County Sheriff's Department in Oregon issued an update Thursday morning, Aug. 24, stating the two sisters — ages 18 and 7 — had stayed at an eclipse festival in central Oregon longer than initially planned.
The parents reported their daughters were missing after several days of zero communication with the two girls.
The sisters contacted their parents once they left the festival and regained cell service Thursday morning, according to the sheriff's department.
The two were never in any danger and are on their way back to South Lake Tahoe.
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Authorities in central Oregon are asking for the public's help locating two sisters, who are from the Lake Tahoe area and reportedly missing.
The Crook County Sheriff's Department said in a statement on Wednesday, Aug. 23, that 18-year-old Melissa Lea and her younger sister have not checked in with their parents since Sunday, Aug. 20. The parents, out of Lake Tahoe, reported their daughters were missing.
The sheriff's office did not disclose the name and age of the younger sister.
The two were last known to be at the Symbiosis festival in the Ochoco National Forest near Prineville, where Lea reportedly used her debit card on Tuesday, Aug. 22. The 18-year-old was driving a black Toyota Sequoia SUV with California license plates.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Crook County Sheriff's Office at 541-447-6398.