Sheriff: Teen girl disappears while camping with family outside Oakridge


UPDATE: The Lane County Sheriff's Department has a credible source telling them that they saw Ella walking down a road on Thursday night, and that she seemed fine.

Search crews have been pulled from their remote location search.

The Sheriff’s Department asks that people keep their eyes open for this girl and if they see her to contact the Sheriff’s Office, as they still wish to verify that she is OK.

Earlier report

OAKRIDGE, Ore. - A 14-year-old girl disappeared while camping with her family in a remote area northeast of Oakridge, the Lane County Sheriff's Office said.

The sheriff has now made a public appeal for help locating 14-year-old Ella Leschorn.

"We especially want those in nearby areas including Oakridge, McKenzie Bridge, and the Upper McKenzie River area to keep an eye out for her," the sheriff's office said in a statement.

She was last seen at 7 p.m. Thursday.

"Ella’s family went to check on her at approximately 8 pm in the tent and she was not there," the sheriff's office said.

Ella was reported missing to the sheriff's office at 10:26 p.m.

"Lane County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue ground teams searched the area throughout the night and are continuing the search this morning," the sheriff's office said Friday.

Sgt. Carrie Carver said the sheriff's office is not asking for the public to go into the woods looking for Ella. The sheriff has experienced people on the ground in the area where the teen was last seen.

But authorities do want the public to keep an eye out for Ella, Carver said.

Ellas is 5-foot-3, 110 pounds with medium length black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a blue sweatshirt, black sweatpants, and blue socks.

The sheriff's office asks anyone who has seen her or who knows where she is to call (541) 682-4141.

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