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South Lake Tahoe sisters reported missing after Oregon eclipse-viewing event

Melissa Lea, 18, (left) of South Lake Tahoe and her younger sister were reported missing after attending a solar eclipse-viewing event in Oregon.
Melissa Lea, 18, (left) of South Lake Tahoe and her younger sister were reported missing after attending a solar eclipse-viewing event in Oregon. Crook County Sheriff’s Office

Two sisters from South Lake Tahoe have been reported missing after attending a solar eclipse gathering in Oregon.

The Crook County Sheriff’s Office in Prineville, Ore., received a call from the girls’ parents regarding their 18-year-old daughter Melissa Lea and her younger sister. The girls’ last known location was at the Symbiosis Event in Big Summit Prairie, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release. The parents reported that they last heard from the 18-year-old daughter on Sunday, when she was in the Bend area.

The Sheriff’s Office did not release the name or age of the younger sister but posted photos of both girls on the department’s Facebook page.

The parents were concerned that the girls had not checked in since Sunday and requested a welfare check. Crook County deputies were able to determine that Melissa Lea used her debit card at the Symbiosis Event on Tuesday and was driving a black Toyota Sequoia SUV with California license plates, according to the news release.

The parents indicated that the older daughter posed no danger to the younger girl.

Anyone with information regarding the girls’ whereabouts is asked to call the Crook County Sheriff’s Office at 541-447-6398.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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