Crews brave rain, steep terrain in search for lost two teen hikers

Crews brave rain, steep terrain in search for lost two teen hikers

MOLALLA, Ore. – Search crews are continuing to look for two teenage boys who did not return from a hike southeast of Molalla on Saturday.

An Oregon Air National Guard Blackhawk helicopter joined the search Monday morning.

The two boys, 17-year-old Jackson Chandler and 16-year-old Bradley Nelson, left to go for a day hike in the Table Rock Wilderness area and did not return, according to Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Nate Thompson.

Hunters found the boys' truck Sunday afternoon along the side of an area road. It was locked and the boys were not inside, Thompson said.

Chandler and Nelson are West Linn High School students. Their parents called Search and Rescue after the boys did not return. It was their first hike into the Table Rock area.

Chandler's aunt said the boys have hunting and survival skills. Jackson Chandler is an Eagle Scout and Bradley Nelson's rank is Life Scout, according to his father.

"We don't where they are, we don't know what happened to them," Jeff Nelson, Bradley's father, said on Sunday. "Just concerned for what they could be going through right now."

"We just want them back," said Amy Craven, who said she was an aunt.

The boys were encouraged by Jeff Nelson to take enough supplies to make it through the night, Thompson said, but added it's not known if they took the gear with them.

The search began Saturday night and continued Sunday. Renewed efforts began early Monday morning. Over four inches of rain has fallen in the area over the weekend, according to KATU Meteorologist Rhonda Shelby.

One of the boys was last seen wearing an olive green jacket. The other was wearing a black jacket with red highlights.

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