Captain Monica Alexander
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*** For Immediate Release***
Alert Citizen Helps Locate an Endangered Child near Ellensburg
Ellensburg -- The quick actions of a citizen who contacted the Washington State Patrol helped a District 6 Trooper rescue a child in need and apprehend a wanted fugitive.
"The successful recovery of 2 year old Dean Gordon was due in large part to the observations and quick reaction of a citizen calling 911 with information," said District 6 Captain Rob Huss. "The actions of the citizen greatly helped law enforcement to rescue a child in need of medical attention and the apprehension of a fugitive. Our citizens are an integral part of law enforcement efforts and their help is greatly appreciated," said Huss
At 4 am, on July 27th a Missing and Endangered Person Alert went out across the state for two-year-old Dean Gordon. According to Gordon's family, he supposedly departed Wenatchee for Marysville at approximately 1:00 am with 47-year old John Klingele (Kalispell, MT). Klingele is a friend of Gordon's family who was apparently given permission to transport Gordon. Gordon's family became concerned when they had not reached their destination.
Gordon's family advised authorities that Klingele was a diabetic who may be low on his medication. They believed the pair traveled westbound on SR 2 from Wenatchee heading toward the Seattle area. Law enforcement officers were alerted to be on the lookout for off-white 2008 Ford Expedition with Montana plates driven by Klingele. The information was also sent out to the media and through law enforcement social media channels.
Around 3:00 pm, an alert citizen recognized the vehicle just south of Ellensburg parked near SR 821. A trooper was dispatched to the area and stopped the vehicle on SR 821 near milepost 25. The trooper contacted the occupants of the vehicle and identified Klingele and Gordon. The trooper advised Klingele was coherent but displayed diabetic episode symptoms. Kittitas County Sheriff's (KCSO) Deputies and other Troopers arrived on scene to assist.
A driver's check through the Washington Department of Licensing indicated Klingele's Montana license was suspended. Additionally, Klingele had two outstanding misdemeanor warrants out of Kennewick. Klingele was placed into custody by the Troopers.
KSCO deputies took charge of Gordon. Gordon was limping noticeably as he exited the vehicle. Aid was dispatched to the scene to check him prior to transportation. The aid crew decided to transport Gordon to Kittitas Valley Healthcare Hospital (KVH) in Ellensburg.
Child Protective Services took custody of Gordon at KVH.
Klingele was also transported to KVH for a medical clearance. The Ford Expedition was impounded by McIntosh towing of Ellensburg. After a medical clearance, Klingele was transported to the Kittitas County Jail and booked.
The incident is still under investigation.