An Oregon mom and her two children have vanished, barefoot and penniless, as investigators comb the woods near their home for any sign of the missing family, according to police.
Tanda Christiansen, 28, and her two daughters vanished Tuesday, shortly after a neighbor gave them a lift to the end of her driveway, according to a statement from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.
The neighbor, who said the trio were shoeless and carrying water, found Christiansen and her daughters wandering on her property and, after giving them a ride, called police to request a welfare check out of concern for the well-being of the mom and her kids, according to the sheriff’s office.
The family lives in Sams Valley, Ore., a rural community northwest of Medford.
By the time deputies responded, however, the trio had disappeared.
When they didn’t return home by dark last Tuesday, relatives of Christiansen also contacted the authorities, concerned that the mother of two could be in the midst of a mental health crisis, and reported them missing, police said.
Officials initially instructed nearby residents to check their properties and any outbuildings in the wooded area, but now police are considering the possibility that Christiansen and her daughters may have left the area, as relatives told authorities she had spoken about heading to Washington state, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.
The daughters, aged 6 and 7, were identified by the Oregonian as Lily and Alexandria Bloom.
Police described Christiansen as being about 5'7" with brown eyes and blue or light purple hair. Lily was last seen wearing a pink shirt, and Alexandria was last seen wearing a turquoise shirt, and both children have brown hair and brown eyes, police said.
Officials asked anyone with information about their whereabouts to call Jackson County Sheriff’s dispatch at (541) 776-7206 and Refer to case #18-16535.