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    4 Members of the McAlister family missing from Montesano, WA since 11/15/16

    Four members of a Montesano family, two parents and two children, are the subject of a search by Grays Harbor and Mason counties sheriff's offices.

    On Tuesday at about 5:20 p.m., deputies were called to a missing persons? report from a home on Old Wynoochee Road in the Montesano area, about 20 miles north of the city limits.

    The caller said Jason and Melissa McAlister lived at his home with him, along with the McAlister?s four children, ages 7, 5 and 2 years old and an 8-month-old.

    The man told officers that just before he called 911, he had returned home from work and noticed that the family and their 2008 Chevrolet Uplander van were not at home.

    Shortly after, the man received a call saying that the family?s 7- and 5-year-old children had been taken back to the Montesano School bus garage because the McAllisters were not at the bus stop for drop off.

    The man told police that the McAllisters had planned on going for a drive with their 2-year-old and 8-month-old after finishing some morning chores, but they did not specifically say where they were going.

    He said the family was fond of going to the Humptulips area and sometimes went to the ?Steel Bridge? in Mason County.

    Deputies from Grays Harbor and Mason counties checked various locations throughout the night and early morning hours for the McAllisters or their vehicle, but had no success.

    Police said that the concern is that the family?s vehicle broke down or became involved in a crash.

    Deputies said they will continue to search for the family throughout the day Wednesday.

    Anyone with information about their whereabouts is asked to call the Grays Harbor Communications Center at 360-533-8765.

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    Sheriff: Missing Washington State Family Found Alive

    Four members of a Washington state family missing since Tuesday have been found walking near a store about 55 miles southwest of Seattle, authorities said Thursday.

    They were found in Mason County. The sheriff's office in neighboring Grays Harbor County, where the family lives, said deputies were on their way to meet them.

    "I do not yet know the exact condition of the family other than they are alive," Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate said in an email.

    Jason and Melissa McAlister and two of their children, ages 8 months and 2 years, appeared to have left home to take a drive Tuesday while their older two children were at school, authorities had said. They didn't return as expected to meet the older children at the bus stop.

    Investigators on Tuesday evening and Wednesday searched areas the family was known to frequent, without luck, and Shumate said authorities were hoping they had just broken down somewhere.

    They were found walking near a general store in Matlock, Washington, Shumate said.

    The family's home is in a rural area southwest of Seattle, about 20 miles north of the town of Montesano. They were reported missing Tuesday evening after no one showed up to meet the school bus bringing the older children, ages 5 and 7, home, Shumate said.

    The family's landlord, who also lives at the property, told authorities that he had spoken with Jason McAlister, 33, before leaving the house at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Shumate said. McAlister reportedly told him that the family planned to do some chores, then maybe go out for a drive and come back by 3 p.m.

    At the time of the conversation, Melissa McAlister, 27, was still in bed, Shumate said.

    Jason McAlister works as a ranch hand on the property, while Melissa McAlister works at a Walmart store.

    The sheriff's office had not been able to find an aircraft to use in the search as of Wednesday afternoon. The Washington State Patrol would have one available Thursday, he said.

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    Good. Wonder if they just had some car trouble or something.
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    Jason and Melissa McAlister had gone for a drive Tuesday with their 8-month-old and 2-year-old, and got stuck when the road gave way as they tried to maneuver their van around a downed tree north in the rugged country in Mason County.

    "Everybody's good. God's great. Happy to be alive," Jason McAlister, 33, told television news crews.

    "This one was a trouper," he said, referring to his 2-year-old daughter. "She was rooting around in the van, finding all kinds of Halloween candy."

    The family started walking back toward the main road at about 1 p.m. Tuesday, but stopped as darkness fell, he said. He made a shelter along the side of the road by leaning fir boughs against a rock face that protected them from the wind as temperatures dropped into the 30s.

    "It actually kept us warm, considering I didn't have a fire going," he said.

    McAlister said he doesn't smoke, but he usually keeps lighters in his car. Friends who do smoke had borrowed them, he said.

    Early on Wednesday, the family began trekking back to the van, reaching it at 8 a.m. They turned on the heater, tried to dry out their clothes, put on some DVDs and listened to the radio - and learned authorities were looking for them.

    After spending Wednesday night in the van, they began walking out again on Thursday morning, tearing sheets of paper from a spiral notebook the older kids, ages 5 and 7, had left in the van and leaving them on the ground in wide spots of the road where they might be seen by helicopter crews.

    That's when the hunters found them, Jason McAlister said. McAlister formerly served as a volunteer firefighter for Cowlitz County, where he also worked search-and-rescue, and he said he was grateful for the efforts of everyone who had been looking for his family.

    The hunters immediately recognized them because of heavy media coverage about the search, said Steve Shumate, chief criminal sheriff's deputy in neighboring Grays Harbor County, where the family lives. They called 911, drove the family to a general store to meet medics and then led deputies to the family's van.

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