FOUND: Sams Valley mother, two daughters

Tanda Christensen and her two daughters. (Courtesy: Jackson County Sheriff's Office)

UPDATE 2:03 p.m. - According to Jackson County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue, Christiansen and her daughters have been found approximately two miles from their home. They were hiding in a brushy area along Sams Creek, according to a Ramsey Road resident who called dispatch around 1:00 p.m. Thursday.

They found the three were thirsty and hungry, but otherwise safe. Christiansen and her children were checked by medics at the scene, and then transported by Mercy Flights ambulance to Rogue Regional Medical Center for evaluation.

No further details are available at this time.


UPDATE 3:45 p.m. - While search and rescue crews continue to search the area where Tanda Christiansen, 28, and her daughters, Lily Bloom, 6, and Alexandria Bloom, 7, were last seen, detectives are considering the possibility they could have left the area.

Family members have indicated that Christiansen made statements recently about wanting to travel to the state of Washington. They have concerns that Christiansen may be suffering a mental health crisis.

Detectives say if Christiansen and the girls left the area, they would have needed help. According to family, Christiansen has no phone, no money, and no means of transportation. All three were barefoot when they were last seen.


Jackson County Sheriff's Office and Jackson County Search and Rescue are searching for a mother and her two daughters who were last seen on Tuesday.

JCSO says the three are missing and endangered.

Tanda Christiansen, 28, and her two daughters, ages 6 and 7, were reported missing on Tuesday evening just after 9:00 p.m. The three had walked away from their residence in the 2500-block of Holcomb Springs Road around 10:00 Tuesday morning. Christiansen has recently shown signs of mental illness, and their family became concerned when they did not return home once it got dark.

Deputies believe this missing persons case is related to a call received Tuesday afternoon. A resident on Pelton Lane requested a welfare check on a woman and two girls after the three were seen wandering the caller's property and drove them to the end of her driveway. The caller last saw them around 1:00 p.m. Tuesday walking toward Ramsey Road on Pelton Lane. When deputies arrived to conduct the welfare check, they could not locate the woman and two children. About a half-mile of trees and fields separates the missing females' home and where the welfare check call occurred. The three were barefoot and carrying some water with them, according to JCSO deputies. Tanda Christiansen is described as a white female adult, five feet, seven inches tall, weighing approximately 180 pounds. Her brown hair is dyed blue or purple, and she has brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a blue shirt and blue pants. The oldest girl, 7, has light brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a turquoise shirt. The younger girl, 6, has dark brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a pink shirt and shorts. Deputies and SAR personnel are in the area searching and distributing flyers. They ask residents to check their property and outbuildings for any sign of the missing subjects. Anyone with information to call dispatch at (541) 776-7206. Refer to case #18-16535.
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