Sheriff's Office leads search for two missing West Linn teens; located Monday 10/29


News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: Oct. 28-29, 2012

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Photo of lost teens: Bradley Nelson (left) and Jackson Chandler (right)

Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #12-32204

Clackamas County search-and-rescue (SAR) teams conducted a successful search for two missing teens in the Table Rock area east of Molalla.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office was notified of two overdue hikers. The two males, in their teens, are from the West Linn area. They left yesterday to go for a day hike at Table Rock. Table Rock is located east of the town of Molalla in the Molalla River Corridor.

When the teens failed to return home, their parents contacted the Sheriff's Office SAR. The search started in the evening on Oct. 27. Searchers were initially unable to locate their vehicle. The males were driving a gold-colored 1999 Mazda pickup with an aluminum toolbox in the back, OR plate 033 FLV.

The Sheriff's Office asked anyone who'd seen their vehicle in the area to send tips.

Update: Oct. 28, 2012, 11:29 p.m. -- Sheriff's Office SAR released the names of the two missing hikers: Bradley Nelson, 16, and Jackson Chandler, 17. Both are from West Linn and students at West Linn High School.

The vehicle belonging Jackson Chandler was located unoccupied about 5 miles east of the Table Rock trailhead. Searchers worked in the area of the vehicle attempting to locate the two missing teens.

Mountain Wave SAR, Pacific Northwest SAR, Marion County SAR, Search One K-9 and North Oregon Regional SAR all had members assisting with the search. Over 50 search volunteers were looking for the teens.

UPDATE: Oct. 29, 2012, 5:21 p.m. -- Missing teens located

Two teens that have been missing east of Molalla since late Saturday evening have been located.

Bradley Nelson and Jackson Chandler, both from West Linn, were found by a Molalla resident around 1:30 p.m. Monday afternoon. The teens were located on Forest Service Road 6310, near the Forest Service Road 63 junction. This area is near Hwy. 224 east of Estacada.

The teens set out for a short hike around 5:30 p.m. Saturday evening, and were lost for 44 hours. They were found wet, cold and hungry, but were not injured.

The two had set out to hike at the Table Rock Trail, but missed the trailhead. Jackson Chandler said after missing the trailhead, they decided to park their truck and hike up a ridge they could see from the road. The two had not prepared for spending the night, and only brought a minimal amount of equipment. They had water, but no food or shelter.

After walking along the ridge, the teens started walking back towards their truck, but were unable to locate it.

The teens continued walking through the wilderness until they found an old, closed-off logging road. After walking down several dead ends, they were able to find a road that looked well-traveled. They kept walking this road until they located a passerby and flagged them down for help. The citizen brought them back to their vehicle, where search and rescue crews and their families were waiting.


The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office would like to thank all of the searchers who came to assist in the search and rescue. Over 150 searchers from all over the region joined in an effort to locate the missing teens. Search efforts consisted of radio communications, ground searchers, K9s, 4x4 groups, mountain-rescue volunteers, helicopters, and horse-posse groups.

Agencies assisting in the search included:

  • Lane County SAR
  • Linn County SAR
  • Polk County SAR
  • Pacific Northwest SAR
  • Portland Mountain Rescue
  • Oregon Army National Guard
  • Yamhill County SAR
  • Mountain Wave SAR
  • Marion County SAR
  • Corvallis Mountain Rescue
  • Washington County SAR
  • US Forest Service
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Weyerhaeuser Industries
  • Search One K-9
  • North Oregon Regional SAR
  • 125th Special Tactics Squadron Air National Guard


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Contact Info:
Nate Thompson, Deputy
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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