Sisters from Lake Tahoe bid their parents goodbye last week to attend a massive eclipse festival in central Oregon. The eclipse has since come and gone, but the sisters are missing and their parents are worried.
Authorities are already seeking the help of the public to locate the sisters. One of the siblings is identified only as 18-year-old Melissa Lea. Melissa Lea and her younger sister have not communicated with their parents since Sunday.
The name and age of the younger sister have yet to be made available by the authorities. Being younger than Melissa and based on the photo made available, it is clear the missing younger sister is still a minor.
The Crook County Sheriff’s Department is working on the case of the missing sisters. Deputies say Lea used her debit card at the 35,000-person Symbiosis festival in the Ochoco National Forest near Prineville on Tuesday.
The sisters’ worried parents contacted the authorities after not hearing from their daughters for several days. They last heard from them in the Bend area on August 20.
Lea is driving a black Toyota SUV Sequoia with California license plates.
It is not clear why the sisters could not be contacted by their mobile phones to know their whereabouts. At this point, no theory or motive has been forwarded by the authorities. It is not clear whether they are looking at a potential foul play angle, or if the sisters merely ran away, or decided to arbitrarily have an extended vacation since the eclipse.
Anyone with any useful information about the sisters is requested to urgently forward what they know to the Crook County Sheriff’s Department in Oregon at 541-447-6398.