SAMS VALLEY, Ore. —
UPDATE: The search for a missing Sams Valley woman and her two children is over, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO). Tanda Christiansen and her daughters Lily and Alexandria Bloom were found Thursday afternoon about two miles from their home.
On Thursday at 1:06 p.m., a resident in the 8400-block of Ramsey Road called dispatch to report finding the three missing subjects on his property. They were reportedly hiding in a brushy area along Sams Creek.
JCSO deputies and search and rescue (SAR) personnel, who were searching nearby, responded to the location. 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 information is available at this time. JCSO said in a statement that SAR officials and detectives wish to thank everyone who looked for the missing family.
(Updated at 2:20 p.m. on 8/9/18)
UPDATE: Detectives from JCSO have joined the search for 28-year-old Tanda Christiansen and her two young daughters.
Search & rescue teams continue to search the area in Sams Valley where Christiansen and her two daughters, 6-year-old Lily Bloom and 7-year-old Alexandria Bloom, were last seen. Meanwhile, detectives are "considering the possibility" that they could have left the area, according to JCSO.
Christiansen's family members have reportedly indicated that she had made statements recently indicating a desire to travel up to Washington state. Her family is also concerned that she may be suffering a "mental health crisis," said JCSO.
Detectives say that if Christiansen and the girls left the area, they would have needed help. Family members believe that Christiansen has no phone, no money, and no means of transportation. All three were barefoot when they were last seen.
Anyone with information is asked to call dispatch at (541) 776-7206. Refer to case #18-16535.
(Updated at 3:50 p.m. on 8/8/18)
INITIAL REPORT: The case of a missing mother and her two daughters has sparked search and rescue efforts near the community of Sams Valley northeast of Gold Hill, according to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO). Authorities believe that the mother may be suffering from some form of mental illness.
The three of them were last seen on Tuesday afternoon. Deputies say that they are considered to be missing and endangered.
On August 7, 2018, at 9:08 p.m., a family member reported Tanda Christiansen, 28, and her two daughters, ages 6 and 7, were missing. The three walked away from the family’s residence in the 2500-block of Holcomb Springs Road at about 10:00 a.m. The family became concerned when they didn’t return home after dark. Additionally, Christiansen has recently exhibited signs of mental illness.
Deputies believe the case is related to a call they received Tuesday afternoon, several hours prior to Christiansen and her daughters being reported missing. A resident on Pelton Lane called dispatch to request a welfare check on a woman and two girls. The resident located the three wandering on her property and gave them a ride to the end of the driveway. They were last seen at about 1:00 p.m. walking on Pelton Lane toward Ramsey Road.
When deputies arrived in the area a short time later, they could not locate the three subjects described by the caller.
About a half-mile of trees and fields separate the missing subjects’ home and the location where they are believed to have been spotted Tuesday afternoon. The three were barefoot and reportedly carried some water with them.
Tanda Christiansen is described as a white female adult, 5'7" tall, and 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.