Overdue hikers reported missing from Table Rock area

by: COURTESY OF CCSO - Bradley Nelson, left, and Jackson Chandler from West Linn have been missing since Saturday afternoon, when they failed to return from a hike in the Table Rock area east of Molalla. As of Monday morning, about 50 volunteers with the Clackamas County Search and Rescue team are still looking for two missing West Linn High School teens in the Table Rock area east of Molalla. Clackamas County Sheriff's Office said Sunday that the two young men failed to return from a day hike Saturday in the Table Rock area. The hikers are 17-year-old Jackson Chandler and 16-year-old Bradley Nelson.

When the teens failed to return home their parents call search and rescue.

The search started Saturday night and continued Sunday. Crews from Mountain Wave SAR, Pacific Northwest SAR, Marion County SAR, Search One K-9 and North Oregon Regional SAR have joined the search.

Search-and-rescue teams spent Sunday night at Table Rock, continuing their search for the boys. A new group headed up around 7 a.m. Monday, joined now by a Clackamas County mounted-patrol horse unit and search dogs. A search helicopter arrived shortly after 9 a.m. Monday.

According to family of the missing boys, the two West Linn teens left home Saturday in a 1999 Mazda B400 pickup truck. Their aunt told KOIN Local 6 that the truck was discovered shortly before 6 p.m. Sunday, in rural Molalla. The truck was belonging Chandler was found about five miles east of the Table Rock trailhead.

Searchers say there are many places where hikers could get lost in this rural area and the rocks are wet and slippery. Rescuers say the two teens should be able to survive if they're not hurt. Conditions remain favorable: rainy and windy, but warm.

On Monday morning, West Linn High School had administrators and counselors visiting classrooms.

“We know the two boys are very popular and have many, many friends who are very concerned and worried, and we are making sure all kids who are at school have a place to go and folks to talk with if they need support,” wrote Principal Lou Bailey in an email sent to parents. “Right now, our hopes and prayers go out and we hope the boys are safe!”

According to Bailey, some students and parents associated with the boys’ church, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, are on the scene passing out fliers and taking with the community and hunters who may have been out in the forested area.

"The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints fully supports all search efforts and is complying with all official requests related thereto. We are thankful for the efforts under way, and the many officials and volunteers who are looking for Jackson and Bradley. We have mobilized over 40 teams with four-wheel drive vehicles to continue the search. Please join us in prayer for the safe return of these boys," said LDS First Counselor in Lake Oswego David Lake in a statement to KOIN Local 6.

The sheriff's office is asking anyone who may have seen their vehicle in the area to call the tip line, 503-723-4949, or by using the online email form at reference case No. 12-32204.

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