Family of four from Oregon goes missing in northern B.C.

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      Update (June 21): CBC News reported that the family was spotted by air searchers and located south of Dease Lake on June 20. RCMP took them into their care and they underwent assessment by paramedics.

      RCMP are investigating the disappearance of a family of four from Oregon in northern B.C.

      At 9:39 p.m. on June 18, Dease Lake RCMP received a report about a vehicle abandoned about 500 metres away from the highway in the Dease Lake area.

      RCMP stated in a news release that the car had a sign on it that suggested that the driver had run out of fuel and gone to get some. However, checks with all gas stations in the area failed to produce any further information.

      Police believe the car had been in the area since June 10.

      The vehicle is a black 2018 Toyota Yaris with Oregon license plate 099KRW.

      RCMP issued this stock photo of 2018 Toyota Yaris that is similar to the one associated with the missing Phan family.
      Dease Lake RCMP

      The family associated with the vehicle includes 24-year-old Jeffery Phan, 24-year-old Michelle Lesaca, 3-year-old Satana Phan, and 2-year-old Satan Phan.

      After RCMP contacted the Oregon State Police, they learned that the family had originally been scheduled to travel to the Philippines. On May 25, they had checked into an airport in Portland, Oregon. However, they subsequently cancelled the ticket and never boarded the plane.

      The family later entered Canada at the Roosville border crossing near Fernie, B.C., on June 9.

      RCMP, Search and Rescue, and the Terrace RCMP dog team have been conducting ground and aerial searches in the area where the vehicle was found.

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