15-Year-Old and Stepdad Find ‘Help’ Scratched in Dirt, Follow Voice To Find Missing Teen in Woods

While taking one of their frequent hiking trips, a teenage boy and his stepdad found 19-year-old Kathryn “Katie” Ogle.

Ogle, who functions as an 11-year-old, had been reported missing since November 1. More than 60 search and rescue crews were involved in searching for the missing teen.

15-year-old Ryle Gordon and his stepdad Chris Trumbich went to their family cabin while on a hunting trip.

They were heading to their last trail for the day at around 4:30 p.m. on Saturday when they found something mysteriously etched in the ground.

“You could see that somebody wrote ‘Help’ in the road with a stick and mud,” Gordon said. “Me and my (step)dad kind of panicked.”

The rescue crew had been searching the area since Thursday and had a command post set up about 4 miles from where Gordon found the ‘Help’ etched in the ground.

Gordon and his stepdad walked a bit further up the trail, and that’s when they found Ogle. They then drove immediately down to the command center to alert the team of rescue people.

“The ambulance followed us up there,” Gordon said. “They heard somebody saying something, so we all got really quiet, and then one of them yelled, ‘Hello.’ She said, ‘Help.’ She was right there by a small fire and leaning up against a tree.”

Ogle was not far from the cabin Gordon and his Stepdad’s family cabin. Gordon said when they went to visit the cabin, they found an open can of nuts, used matches and one of their sleeping bags had went missing. It turned out to be the one Ogle was lying in beside the tree.

“He said, ‘Hello’ then we heard ‘Hello’ right over the point there. Went down there, and Katie was down there,” Trumbich said.

“They were actually putting out an effort to find this girl, and I think it was pretty cool.”

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