Teen hikers found safe in Opal Creek Wilderness

Bodie Teeple, Allen Carrillo-Mejia and Alex Ruiz left around noon Saturday

Three teens went hiking in the Opal Creek Wildnerness and did not return, July 27, 2014 (Marion County Sheriff's Office)
Three teens went hiking in the Opal Creek Wildnerness and did not return, July 27, 2014 (Marion County Sheriff's Office)

MARION COUNTY, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Three teens, long overdue from a Saturday afternoon hike in the Opal Creek Wilderness, were found safe Sunday morning by a teams of searchers.

Bodie Teeple, Allen Carrillo-Mejia and Alex Ruiz had their clothing and some water with them, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said. The teens left for a hike around noon, and searchers, including a Jeep patrol, a posse and K9 search teams, began looking for them around midnight.

Teeple and Carillo-Mejia are 17. Ruiz is 16, authorities said.

Around 9:30 a.m, the teens were found safe. No one was hurt.

Authorities said the teens decided it became too dark to hike out Saturday night. They made a camp and began walking out Sunday morning.

They are reunited with their families.

On their website, the Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center said their mission is to promote “conservation through educational experiences in wilderness.”

The Forest Center, a non-profit founded in 1989, is on the west slope of the Cascade Mountains about an hour east of Salem.

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