Revisiting a tragic ten-year mystery
Posted by The Oregonian
December 05, 2008 08:05AM
The Medford Mail Tribune has the mysterious story of the Christmas disappearance ten years ago of 8-year-old Derrick Engebretson. No trace of the boy has been found since he went missing while on a family outing to pick out a Christmas tree in the rugged woods near Klamath Falls.
Here's an excerpt of the story by Chris Conrad:
It's been a decade since 8-year-old Derrick Engebretson disappeared in the woods near Klamath Falls while Christmas tree hunting with his family.
Police hope another 10 years won't go by before closure is brought to Lori and Robert Engebretson, who continue to hold onto a shred of hope their son made it off Pelican Butte alive that night.
"We don't know anymore," Lori Engebretson said. "For a while I thought maybe we would find him on the mountain. We also wonder if someone may have taken him."
The couple, who live in Bonanza, still search Pelican Butte on occasion, but the steep, rugged terrain near the northern end of Upper Klamath Lake has become an impediment. The couple used to spend much of their time combing the mountain in the years after a massive search effort by several police agencies failed to turn up any sign of Derrick.
"I am not as young as I used to be," Lori Engebretson said.
Derrick was on the hunt for a Christmas tree with his parents and grandfather when he wandered off and disappeared into the snowy woods about 30 miles from Klamath Falls.
His family attempted a hasty search immediately after it became clear the boy had become separated from his grandfather. They called authorities, who descended on the area over the next few weeks with hundreds of volunteers, snowmobiles and search dogs.
Eventually, the search teams drifted away, leaving the Engebretsons without answers.
Read the rest of the story here.