Why school had no contact with family found in RV

Police found a family of four, including two young girls, living among piles of trash and human feces in this RV parked along SW Rose Way near downtown Beaverton. (Beaverton Police Department)
Police found a family of four, including two young girls, living among piles of trash and human feces in this RV parked along SW Rose Way near downtown Beaverton. (Beaverton Police Department)

BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Beaverton School District officials answered questions on Thursday as to why nothing was done when two girls, who were found living inside an RV in deplorable conditions, didn’t show up for class for several months.

Marcelino Navarro, 34, and Sarah Clark, 33, the parents of a 12-year-old and 7-year-old, were arrested last month after police found the family of four living in an RV filled with piles of trash and human feces along SW Rose Way.

Navarro and Clark both admitted to police that they had recently been using methamphetamine and heroin.

Marcelino Navarro (left) and Sarah Clark (right) standing outside the RV Beaverton police said they found them living in with their two daughters among piles of trash and human feces. (Beaverton Police Department)
Marcelino Navarro (left) and Sarah Clark (right) standing outside the RV Beaverton police said they found them living in with their two daughters among piles of trash and human feces. (Beaverton Police Department)

Clark also told police that her daughters had not been to school since January, prompting questions as to why the Beaverton School District never took any action.

Lisa Mentesana, the district’s homeless student liaison, said she doesn’t know who is at fault for not trying to reach the family during the months the two girls were absent from school.

However, Mentesana did say keeping track of students whose parents don’t want to be found can be nearly impossible.

“We can only serve those that are brought to us or referred to us,” said Mentesana.

Maureen Wheeler, the district’s communications officer, said the school district is only one part of the safety net that helps keep children living in these circumstances safe.

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