A 2-year-old girl reported missing Saturday night in rural Clackamas County between Molalla and Woodburn, was found alive, safe and alert the following day — lying down in tall grass about a quarter-mile from her home.
The family of Raelynn Mishler notified police at approximately 7:30 p.m. Saturday that she had left the family residence on Yoder Road near Woodburn-Estacada Highway 211. Family members began the search for Raelynn and called the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office for help when they couldn’t find her.
An all-out search began on the ground with K-9 units and searchers and volunteers from a dozen agencies and organizations, including the Canby Police Department, as well as through the air with drones and an airplane.
The area near her home has “large fields, wooded areas and small bodies of water,” deputies reported. The search continued through the night. Early Sunday morning, the Clackamas County Water Rescue Team also arrived on the scene to assist.
“Shortly after 11 a.m., our searchers located Raelynn laying down in tall grass approximately a quarter-mile from her home,” the CCSO said on Facebook. “She was alive and alert. She was reunited with her family and taken to the hospital for further evaluation.”
Raelynn, whom family members told police Saturday night is mostly pre-verbal and may have undiagnosed autism, also may have survived her night of exposure with limited clothing.
Family told deputies that she had last been seen wearing a pair of pink, one-piece pajamas that were found in the yard after she disappeared.
A total of 19 different agencies and groups took part in the search, including Clackamas Search and Rescue, Corbett Fire Department, the Crag Rats, FBI, Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Molalla Fire and Police, Oregon City Police, Oregon State Police, Woodburn Fire, PNW Search and Rescue and Portland Mountain Rescue.
Clackamas County said detectives are continuing to investigate the incident and the circumstances surrounding it.
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