Missing campers mom, daughter, grandkids found safe

Veronica Weathers, Kasey Kent, 3 children were camping in Mount Hood National Forest

Veronica Weathers, left, Kasey Kent in undated photos released October 2, 2017 by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
Veronica Weathers, left, Kasey Kent in undated photos released October 2, 2017 by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

CLACKAMAS, Ore. (KOIN) — A miscommunication is apparently the reason some family members were worried and contacted authorities after a mother, her adult daughter and 3 young children didn’t come back from a camping trip in the Mount Hood National Forest when they were expected.

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office asked for the public’s help to find Veronica Weathers, 51, her 26-year-old daughter Kasey Kent and Kent’s young children, ages 7, 6 and 3. Other family members told authorities campers were expected to return around September 23.

Veronica Weathers, left, Kasey Kent in undated photos released October 2, 2017 by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
Veronica Weathers, left, Kasey Kent in undated photos released October 2, 2017 by the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office

“But they got their dates confused,” Clackamas Sgt. Brian Jensen told KOIN 6 News.

When the campers didn’t return for days after the 23rd, they contacted authorities.

Jensen said it doesn’t appear this is the first time the campers have gone up there for an extended period of time. “I believe it has to do with a religion as to why they are up in the woods at this time,” he said.

The Ripplebrook Camping Store at the Mount Hood National Forest east of Estacada,, October 2, 2017 (KOIN)
The Ripplebrook Camping Store at the Mount Hood National Forest east of Estacada,, October 2, 2017 (KOIN)

Clackamas County Search and Rescue crews were searching for them in the heavily-forested area where they were last seen, around the Ripplebrook Camping Store in the Mount Hood National Forest, about 25 miles east of Estacada. That made a search for the family more challenging.

“We’re just kind of roving the hills up there trying to look for any sign of them,” he said.

Weathers and Kent were reportedly well prepared, Jensen said. “They have a walled tent, they have a stove, they have some farm animals they have brought with them, so they are prepared to stay up there for an extended period of time.”

But shortly after that, the family was found and are safe.

A friend of Kasey Kent’s told KOIN 6 News she is very religious and her children are home-schooled.

Inside the Mount Hood National Forest, October 2, 2017 (KOIN)
Inside the Mount Hood National Forest, October 2, 2017 (KOIN)