Search continues for Estacada teen missing since Sunday

Brandon Powell. (Family Photo)

Search and rescue crews will be out all night Thursday to look for a missing 18-year-old last seen early Sunday morning.

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office search and rescue teams have set up a command center downtown. It is coordinating with the Sandy Police Department and other agencies to find Brandon Powell of Estacada.

Powell disappeared around 5:30 Sunday morning. He was wearing nothing more than a pair of blue pajama bottoms. He took off suffering from an apparent panic attack after taking a high-potency dab of marijuana.

“He was the glue of the family,” said Liz Benedick, a family friend. “He’s what kept the family together. He’s the one that protected everybody in the family.”

Benedick has helped the family cope this week as they look for any sign of Powell.

“It’s just such a large area in Estacada, and lots of wooded area, and there’s water there, and we were just helpless,” she said.

Police are now searching a huge area, focusing around the Clackamas River, which was the last direction he was seen heading.

“It’s very steep in places. There’s drop-offs that go straight down to the water, so the search efforts have to be coordinated in a way that it’s safe for everybody,” said Sandy Police Chief Ernie Roberts.

Police are following up on tips, and they’ve searched the Clackamas River multiple times without finding anything so far.

“Most of the people I work with here, with the county, have children of their own, so you think about those things and you’d want your child home too,” said Roberts.

Powell’s family and friends plan to organize a search this weekend, and the search and rescue command post plans to be up and running at least through the weekend.

Anyone with information on Powell’s whereabouts should contact police immediately.

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