Mom, missing kids reunited after 911 caller spots car
From left to right, Gage Melia, Amaya Cameron and Riley Melia were reported missing Sunday. // Photo: Gresham Police Department
Barbara Cameron. // Photo: Gresham Police Department
GRESHAM, OR (KPTV) -
Three Gresham children who were reported missing Sunday have been found safe thanks to someone who saw information about their grandmother's car on the news.
The children left the home of their 58-year-old grandmother, Barbara Cameron, in northeast Portland on Sunday afternoon. The children's mother called police from her Gresham home at 9:52 p.m. when Cameron and the kids didn't return to her home as planned.
Police feared Cameron may be experiencing mental health issues, and they sent out an alert to media to get the word out. Neither the children nor Cameron had a cell phone, so police were not able to use a "ping" to track her.
Police asked the public to keep an eye out for Cameron's car, a 2000 Toyota Corolla with Oregon license plate number 702BYF.
At around 6:30 a.m., someone called 911 and said he saw the car in question and was following it in the area of Northeast 141st Avenue and Sandy Boulevard. The 911 caller stayed on the line until Portland police were able to respond and catch up to the car near 162nd Avenue and Glisan Street.
Police confirmed all the children were safe.
The children's mother thanked police and told FOX 12 she hopes her mother gets the help she needs.
She and other family members reunited with the children at the scene where the grandmother's car was stopped.
"I'm very excited and happy and that they're OK," the mother said.
Barbara Cameron went with officers to the Gresham Police Department to be interviewed, but once there, she turned around and left. Because she is not being charged with a crime, police did not stop her.
She told a FOX 12 reporter that the incident was a misunderstanding.
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