A Montesano-area family who went missing last week has been found safe.
Jason and Melissa McAlister left their home around 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15, with two of their four children, ages two and eight months. The family was expected to return home at 3 p.m. the same day, but after the family failed to appear at the bus stop to pick up their other two children as per usual, they were reported as missing. The reporting party told 911 dispatch that they did not see the family's car return home. The same caller was able to divulge more details about the couple, such as what they were up to the day they went missing. The family was reported to possibly be going to Humptulips or the Steel Bridge in Mason County.
Since the family was reported missing, they have been in contact with authorities and found to be in good health. Jason McAlister called the Grays Harbor Sheriff's Office, explaining that he and his wife had taken their two youngest on a sightseeing trip in a woodsy backroads area thirty minutes north of Matlock.
McAlister explained that they had come upon a downed tree in the road, and after trying to drive around the fallen tree, their van became stuck. The family had plenty of fuel in the vehicle, as well as clothing and water, and stayed in their vehicle Tuesday night.
They attempted to walk out of the area on Wednesday, but after getting turned around, they decided to walk back to their vehicle to stay another night. During a second attempt on the morning of Thursday, Nov. 17, the family successfully walked out and were spotted by a hunter who happened to be driving in the area. The hunter picked them up and called 911 to report finding them.