North American Missing Persons Network
Derrick James Engebretson

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Above Images:Left and Center: Engebretson, circa 1998
Right; AP to age 18

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: December 5, 1998 from Bonanza, Oregon
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: July 5, 1990
  • Age: 8
  • Height: 4'6"
  • Weight: 85 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Brown
  • Eye Color: Hazel
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Engebretson has dog bite
    scars on his chin, between his nostrils and under his nose.
  • Clothing: Blue snowmobile suit, possibly a jacket,
    a hat, felt-lined boots, and gloves with a Goosebumps logo.
    He was carrying a small hatchet.
  • AKA: His nickname is "Bear Boy" due to his love
    of the outdoors.
  • Case Number: NCMC857924

  • Details of Disappearance
    Engebretson became separated from his father and grandfather while they were looking for a Christmas tree in the Rocky Point area of the Winema National Forest in Klamath County, Oregon on December 5, 1998. Extensive air and ground searches yielded few clues as to Engebretson's whereabouts. A blizzard hit the area the evening Derrick was reported missing which destroyed any tracks that may have been left.
    Volunteer searchers discovered a candy wrapper and a Bonanza School bookmark near Rocky Point several days after Engebretson disappeared. Blood of an unknown origin was also located at the scene. It is not known if the materials were connected to Engebretson's case.
    An unidentified adult male was driving a black Honda in the Rocky Point area on December 5. The individual reportedly asked for directions while in the forest. A witness allegedly saw an unidentified individual struggling with a young boy near the area later in the day. Investigators do not know if the incident is related to Engebretson's case.
    In November 2002 Investigators announced that they identified a 'person of interst' in Engebretson's case however the suspect was not named.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Klamath County Sheriff's Office

    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children