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Warm Springs Police Department finds missing 11-year-old girl and father

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03/08/17 UPDATE:

NBC RIGHT NOW - The Warm Springs Police Department located 11-year-old Kaitlyn Stofiel and her father, Thomas Stofiel, a few minutes after 10 this morning. An FBI agent and a Warm Springs detective were driving separately down Highway 26 approximately 25 miles west of the city of Warm Springs when they saw the Stofiels hitchhiking. Warm Springs transported both back to town. Both Kaitlyn and her father were wet, cold and hungry but otherwise appeared physically uninjured.

The Stofiels were found within a mile of where they had abandoned their truck previously. The Stofiels reported that they spent most of the past two weeks camping a few miles away in an isolated area.

Kaitlyn is in protective custody, and the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) is working to place her with family.

No charges have been filed, and no charges are expected at this time.

The FBI and Warm Springs Police Department thank the media and the public for helping to spread the word about Kaitlyn's disappearance. At this time, there is no further information to release.


NBC RIGHT NOW - The FBI and Warm Springs Police Department are asking for the public's help in locating an 11-year-old girl - Kaitlyn Stofiel - who is missing and possibly endangered. Law enforcement officers believe Kaitlyn is with her custodial father, Thomas Clarence Stofiel, age 44.

At this time, officers and agents simply want to locate Kaitlyn to ensure that she is safe.   Stofiel's truck was found in late February parked approximately one-half mile down the Mt. Wilson turnoff off of Highway 26 (near milepost 76) on the Warm Springs Reservation.

Neither Thomas nor Kaitlyn Stofiel has any known connection to the reservation other than the fact that the vehicle was found on the reservation. They were living in Portland most recently, and Kaitlyn was reportedly being home-schooled.   There have been no confirmed sightings of Kaitlyn or Thomas Stofiel in at least a week.  

Thomas Stofiel may be distraught, is known to possess various weapons and reportedly has survival skills.   THOMAS CLARENCE STOFIEL  Age: 44  Race: White  Height: 5'05"  Weight: 125 pounds  Hair: Brown  Eyes: Green   KAITLYN STOFIEL  Age: 11  Race: White  Height: Unknown (tall and thin)  Hair: Long, dark hair  Eyes: Blue  

Anyone who has information about their immediate whereabouts is asked to call 9-1-1. DO NOT APPROACH. Anyone with information should call the FBI in Portland at (503) 224-4181 (ext. 0) twenty-four hours a day; the FBI in Bend at (541) 389-1202; or the Warm Springs Police Department at (541) 553-1171.