Skagit County, WA – The Skagit County Sheriff’s Office along with multiple other agencies are actively searching for a missing 10-year old boy named Sage Adams, who was allegedly last seen Tuesday evening on a Kayak on the Skagit River, East of Marblemount, WA.
According to the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office, the boy and his 45-year old father, who are both from the Chehalis, Washington area, were camping and Kayaking near milepost 119, in the North Cascade National Park Service Complex. The pair decided to go Kayaking on the Skagit River on Tuesday evening and the father, who was not wearing a life jacket, reportedly told Deputies that he fell out of his kayak in some rapids around 6:00 p.m. and swam to shore. The father told Sheriff’s Deputies that the boy continued down the river and was still in his own Kayak after he had swam to shore. The man told Deputies there was no road in sight and he could not find his son.
The man allegedly told deputies he began searching for the boy but couldn’t find him so he then hiked all Tuesday night and Wednesday morning to a place where he could get help. According to records, the man called 9-1-1 from a store in Marblemount around 10:40 a.m. on Wednesday morning to report his son missing on the Skagit River. Search and Rescue Teams arrived in the area before noon and have been searching for the boy ever since.
During the course of the day on Wednesday, the son’s Kayak was found about 500 yards north of the Marblemount Bridge, on the East side of the river. There was no sign of the missing boy, his oar or his life jacket. The fathers Kayak and his life jacket were both found by searchers as well.
A Search and Rescue K-9 Team located a scent on Wednesday that led them to a rocky area, but the search was suspended until morning for safety reasons, according to the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office.
The K-9 Search team resumed searching on Thursday morning in the area where the scent was located and Ground Search and Rescue crews began searching from the opposite side of the area to cover more ground according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The Skagit County Sheriff’s Office is using Drone’s to assist in the search as well as Marine Units from the Sheriff’s Office and Marine Units from the North Cascade National Park. A Search and Rescue helicopter from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and a helicopter from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection have been providing aerial support in the search. A Specialized Wilderness Tracking Team out of Snohomish County, as well as Search and Rescue crews from multiple surrounding counties including six dog teams and around 50 searchers are assisting in the ground search for the missing boy. The Sheriff’s Office said the public’s help is not currently needed to aid in the search and public searchers could actually hinder the K-9 efforts to locate the missing boy.
The Sheriff’s Office said there is a strong, heavy current in the Skagit River right now and the water is very cold. Search and Rescue crews may ask Seattle City Light, which operates the Diablo Dam, to lower the river to aid in search efforts.
Additional Updates will be provided as they become available from the Skagit County Sherriff’s Office.