Two sixteen-year-old boys, Thomas Powers and Tannen Kruz, of Eugene, set out to hike from Grave Creek to Tucker Flat on Saturday, March 19th. They planned to have Powers’ father, Peter Powers, pick them up at Noon today at Tucker Flat, which is near Marial.
Due to fallen trees and snow, Peter Powers couldn’t get through to the agreed upon pick-up location. He was concerned the boys would turn around and head back to Grave Creek, and he advised that they only had enough food to get them through today and possibly tomorrow.
Powers contacted the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which determined it would take days to plow and clear the road to Tucker Flat.
The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office managed the search and dispatched BLM Deputy Jason Stanton, who coordinated with Jackson County to procure a helicopter to search for the boys.
Thomas and Tannen were located by the helicopter at around 11:50 a.m. and brought safely to the Search & Rescue facility. Stanton reunited them with Powers shortly after.
The helicopter that was used is a resource of California/Oregon Regional Search & Rescue (CORSAR), which is a team of organizations that are “dedicated to helping preserve lives by working together anywhere in the Southern Region (Coos, Curry, Douglas, Josephine, Siskiyou, Klamath, Del Norte and Jackson Counties) in search and rescue missions.”