Deputies call off search for missing 14-year-old near Oakridge

Locals who are frequently in the area also said that it's very easy to get lost.

Posted: Jun 21, 2019 11:04 AM
Updated: Jun 22, 2019 9:25 AM

OAKRIDGE, Ore. -- Search and Rescue has received a credible report of a sighting of the 14-year-old girl who went missing near Oakridge on Thursday, the Lane County Sheriff's Office says.

Ella Leschorn was reported missing Thursday night. Her family said they went to check on her at 8 p.m. and found her missing from the tent. They were camping in a remote area northeast of Oakridge. 

Search and Rescue teams searched the area through the night and the search continued Friday morning. Due to the reported sighting, crews are no longer searching the area, but deputies said they want to make contact with the girl to make sure she is safe. 

Locals who are frequently in the area also say that it's very easy to get lost.

"All the woods are very thick around here and if you start beating the brush it's very easy to get turned around if your'e not familiar with the woods," says Denis Hebert who goes fishing in the area.

Authorities said Leschorn is 5 feet 3 inches tall, weighs 110 pounds and has medium-length black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a blue sweatshirt, black sweatpants and blue socks.

If you have information, contact deputies at 541-682-4141. They ask people in the Oakridge, McKenzie Bridge and the Upper McKenzie River areas to keep an eye out for Leschorn.

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