Police locate man, daughter on Warm Springs Reservation
An 11-year-old girl and her father, reported missing on March 3, have been located within a mile of where they had abandoned their truck on the Warm Springs Reservation.
A Warm Springs Police Department detective and an FBI agent were driving separately on U.S. Highway 26, about 25 miles west of Warm Springs, when they saw Thomas Stofiel, 44, and his daughter, Kaitlyn Stofiel, 11, hitchhiking just after 10 a.m. March 8.
The detective transported the pair, who were wet, cold and hungry — but otherwise uninjured — to Warm Springs.
The Stofiels reported that they spent most of the past two weeks camping a few miles away in an isolated area. Kaitlyn Stofiel is in protective custody and the Oregon Department of Human Services is working to place her with family.
The Stofiels' pickup truck was discovered in late February about one-half mile in from Highway 26, on the Mount Wilson turnoff road. The turnoff is about 26 miles northwest of Warm Springs, near milepost 76. Stofiel had custody of his daughter.
No charges have been filed, and no charges are expected at this time.
In a press release, the FBI and Warm Springs Police Department thanked the media and the public for helping to spread the word about Kaitlyn's disappearance.