A father and son from Cottage Grove found a missing 5-year old boy Thursday afternoon following a near 18 hour search in the area of Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park after the boy was reported missing from the campground.
On the morning of August 5, 2010, Pete Barrell, age 52, and his 14-year old son, Mason, from Cottage Grove noticed a newspaper story about Isaak Benjamin Glenn who was reported missing August 4th by family friends. They reported he disappeared while playing near a campsite which was being prepared for two overnight stays at the campground.
Having previously lived in the Florence area and serving as the Director of the Siuslaw Watershed, Barrell knew the area well and had many local friends including an Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division trooper. Pete and Mason decided to drive to the area to see if they could help. After arriving at the campground, Pete saw his OSP friend, Senior Trooper Scott Salisbury, and asked what they could do to help.
Salisbury told him drive up Big Creek Road about 1/2 mile north of the campground because they hadn’t been able to check it yet. Barrell and his son took on the assignment and drove up to a point where there was a gate and stopped. They got out, took a couple sandwiches and walked down to Big Creek where they walked downstream and then upstream calling Isaak’s name.
After a few calls, they heard what sounded like a boys voice calling back. They looked across Big Creek and saw Izaak’s red hair up a steep wooded embankment where he sat. They walked through the creek, up the hill and assured Izaak he was OK and they would take him back to the campground.
They arrived back at the campground about 1:15 p.m. to the shouts of excitement from everyone at the campground entrance. His mother, Rebecca, ran to the pickup where Pete and his son were. Izaak was reunited with his parents, who gave Pete and his son a big hug and thank you. He quickly ate a sandwich and drank some water before being checked by medical personnel who came to the campground. Izaak didn’t have to go to a hospital. He had multiple scratches on his legs and arms, but other than being dirty he was in good condition.
Rebecca Glenn thanked everyone involved in the effort to find her son. “My husband and I thank everyone for your support including police, fire, search and rescue, state parks employees, and people staying at the park. You dropped everything to find our missing son, and we will always be thankful to those who found him and all the others who were looking.”
The Oregon State Police Criminal Investigations Division detectives, troopers, FBI, Lane and Lincoln County Search and Rescue Teams and their volunteers, Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department, Siuslaw Fire Department, US Coast Guard and many unnamed citizens were jointly involved in trying to find Izaak since he was reported missing.