Search set to resume for boy lost during trip to Crater Lake

CRATER LAKE — A search to recover any remains of an 8-year-old Portland boy who disappeared last year at Crater Lake is planned for this week.

The recovery search for Samuel Boehlke will include rescue dogs and helicopters at the boy's last known location in the Cleetwood Cove area, said Chief Ranger Dave Brennan.

Samuel disappeared Oct. 14, 2006, after stopping with his father at a lookout area on East Rim Drive, about a quarter mile from Cleetwood Cove.

The pair were hiking up toward a forested area when Samuel, who liked to play hide and seek, ran ahead and his father lost sight of him, officials said.

More than 200 searchers from Washington, Oregon and California looked for the boy for nearly a week on foot, horseback and by helicopter. Heavy snowfall blanketed the park in the days after Samuel's disappearance, hindering efforts.

The boy also had a mild form of autism, which made it more difficult for searchers because he was frightened by whistles and sirens.

Officials do not suspect foul play in the boy's disappearance.

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