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Mother, daughters found safe in Sams Valley

Owing to an eagle-eyed landowner, a Sams Valley woman and her two children have been found alive.

On Thursday afternoon, Jackson County sheriff’s deputies and search and rescue found Tanda Christiansen, 28, and her 6- and 7-year-old daughters hiding in a brushy area along Sams Creek — some two miles away from the Sams Valley residence they’d left two days ago without shoes, money or a phone.

A resident in the 8400 block of Ramsey Road called dispatch after spotting Christiansen and the two girls on his property along the creek early Thursday afternoon, according to a release issued by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, drawing nearby search and rescue scouring the area to the location.

Medics on scene found Christiansen and the children thirsty and hungry, but otherwise safe, according to the sheriff’s office. Mercy Flights transported them to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford for evaluation.

Christiansen had left a family member’s home just after 10 a.m. Tuesday and was reported missing that evening when she and the girls didn't return home after dark. Family believe Christiansen had been suffering a mental health crisis when she went missing, according to earlier news reports.

Jackson County Sheriff's Office photoScene from the 8400 block of Ramsey Road, where Tanda Christiansen and her 6- and 7-year-old daughters were found hungry and thirsty, but safe.
Tanda Christiansen and her 6- and 7-year-old daughters.