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Sisters reported missing after Oregon eclipse festival found

Melissa Lea, 18, (left) of South Lake Tahoe and her younger sister were reported missing after attending a solar eclipse-viewing event in Oregon. They re-established contact with their parents Wednesday after leaving the festival and regaining cell phone service.
Melissa Lea, 18, (left) of South Lake Tahoe and her younger sister were reported missing after attending a solar eclipse-viewing event in Oregon. They re-established contact with their parents Wednesday after leaving the festival and regaining cell phone service. Crook County Sheriff’s Office

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

The Crook County Sheriff’s Office in Prineville, Ore., had 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 announced Thursday that the girls had stayed at the festival longer than planned. After leaving Wednesday, the sisters regained cell phone service and contacted their parents, the office said.

The Symbiosis festival brought more than 30,000 people to the Ochoco National Forest near Prineville.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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