OREGON CITY, Ore. – A man suspected of kidnapping an Oregon City teen was formally charged by Clackamas County Monday.
According to court documents obtained by KGW, Kelsey Patrick McCune, 40, was charged with kidnapping, rape and sodomy on Monday.
McCune was captured and arrested Saturday night after he was found with 13-year-old Samantha Dodson in a wooded area north of a mobile home park.
Authorities originally thought Dodson had run away Tuesday night, but on Friday evening, deputies issued a warrant of McCune’s arrest on a kidnapping charge. McCune is a transient who is reportedly a friend of the Dodson family and even spent Thanksgiving with them.
Deputies and the SWAT team resumed their search for Samantha Dodson around 4:30 p.m. Saturday after getting what they called a “credible” tip from a witness who saw McCune near South Maple Lane Road and South Country Village Drive, according to Sgt. Nate Thompson with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.
Tips had poured in at the beginning of last week and authorities were searching for Dodson as a bitter cold snap set in.
Overnight Saturday, temperatures dipped below 20 degrees, which was particularly concerning because the two were thought to be camping.
Federal authorities joined the search for Dodson Wednesday, and on Thursday morning, SWAT crews were called in to back up more in-depth search efforts in Oregon City, said Sgt. Robert Wurpes with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.
Dodson's Oregon City family held a press conference Thursday pleading for her to come home.
"Sammie, your mom and dad are worried about you. Your brothers and sisters are worried about you. Your friends are worried about you and you can't be out there in that cold," said her sister, Sarah Dodson. "Please call us or call 911 and let us know you're safe."