Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate with the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office said the McAlisters have been found in Mason County, walking, not far from the Matlock Store. Deputies with the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office are heading that way at this time.
The search for the missing Grays Harbor family began on Tuesday, investigators said the McAlisters and their two youngest children did not return home. Jason and Melissa McAlister’s two oldest children have been placed in the care of other family members after no one was home to pick them up from the school bus Tuesday afternoon.
Deputies from Grays Harbor and Mason Counties are searching for the family’s 2008 Chevrolet Uplander van. Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate with the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office said that deputies continued to search various roadways throughout the county Wednesday without success. “Unfortunately, we still do not have a specific location where they may have gone, only areas where they liked to have traveled. Air support had been requested by WSP, Department of Fish and Wildlife, as well as other outside agencies.” Shumate added in a press update Wednesday evening, “We were not able to obtain air support today however WSP and King County is scheduled to assist tomorrow with air support.”
The two older children did attend school Wednesday and have since been contacted by Child Protective Services. That agency is working on placing the children with other family members. Again we are asking for the public’s assistance with any information concerning the location of the McAlister’s or their missing 2008 Chevrolet Uplander van.
Shumate said Wednesday morning that on 11/15/16 at approximately 5:20 pm, deputies were dispatched to a missing person complaint from a residence on Old Wynoochee Road of Montesano. This location is rural Montesano, approximately 20 miles north of the city limits. The reporting party advised that 33-year-old Jason McAlister and 27-year-old Melissa McAlister lived at the reporting party’s residence, along with the McAllister’s four children. The children range in age from 7, 5, and 2 years of age, and an 8 month old.
Just prior to the reporting party calling 911, he had returned home from work and noticed that the family and their 2008 Chevrolet Uplander van were not home. Shortly thereafter, the reporting party was called and informed that the 7 and 5 year old kids had been taken back to the Montesano School bus garage because the McAlister’s were not at the bus stop for drop off.
The reporting party advised that the McAlister’s had planned on going for a drive after completing some morning chores, but did not specifically tell the reporting party where they were going. The McAlister’s liked going to the Humptulips area and sometimes went to the “Steel Bridge” in Mason County. Deputies from Grays Harbor County as well as Mason County checked various locations throughout the night and early morning hours for the McAlister’s or their vehicle without success. The obvious concern is that their vehicle broke down or became involved in an accident. Deputies will continue to search for the family throughout the day. Anyone with information as to their whereabouts is asked to call the Grays Harbor Communications Center at 360-533-8765.