The Doe Network:
Case File 3332DMOR

1 AP
Right: Age-progressed to 18 years (circa 2008)

Derrick James Engebretson
Missing since December 5, 1998 from Bonanza, Klamath County, Oregon
Classification: Lost, Injured, Missing

Vital Statistics

  • Date Of Birth: July 5, 1990
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 8 years old
  • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 4'6" (137 cm); 85 lbs (39 kg)
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. Brown hair with a cowlick; hazel eyes.
  • Marks, Scars: Dog bite scars on his chin, between his nostrils and under his nose.
  • Clothing: Blue snowmobile suit, denim jacket size 12-14,Rt 66 pants in navy blue, Oakland A's sweatshirt, and a black sweatshirt, a hat, felt-lined boots, and gloves with a Goosebumps logo. He was carrying a small hatchet.
  • DNA: Available
  • Dentals: Available
  • AKA: Bear Boy

Circumstances of Disappearance
Engebretson became separated from his father and grandfather while they were looking for a Christmas tree in the Rocky Point area of the Winema National Forest in Klamath County, Oregon on December 5, 1998.
The three were walking together most of the time that day and were never very far from the paved road. But, at one point, Robert walked ahead of Derrick and his grandfather.
A little later, Derrick wanted to catch up with his father, just up the snowy hill and out of sight. The grandfather told Derrick to follow his father's footsteps in the snow. The boy has been unreported since.
Extensive air and ground searches yielded few clues as to Engebretson's whereabouts. A blizzard hit the area the evening Derrick was reported missing which destroyed any tracks that may have been left.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Klamath County Sheriff's Office

Local Case Number: 98-3506/NamUs MP#6037

NCMEC #: NCMC857924

Source Information:
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
North American Missing Persons Network
The Mail Tribune 12/1/99

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