Jayson Jacoby
The Baker City Herald

By Chris Collins


Four Missourians ran into a stretch of bad road that turned into bad luck and has landed them all in jail today.

The bad luck was actually of their own making, said Baker County Sheriff Mitch Southwick, who sent deputies to look for the four after they called 9-1-1 for help Wednesday night.

The group was traveling in a 2007 Pontiac Vibe that had been reported stolen from Kansas City, Kan., Southwick said. And one of the men and one of the women had warrants out for their arrests.

"They kept calling us and telling us where they were at and then when we'd show up, they'd run," Southwick said.

The two women were arrested Wednesday night after deputies responded to a call for help from the men. The men told dispatchers they had been hitchhiking and walked off Highway 26 onto a gravel road. They said they were lost and couldn't find their way back to the main highway, Southwick said.

Dispatchers were able to use GPS coordinates off a cellphone tower to locate the area the men had called from. Deputies traveled to the site and found the vehicle and the two women about midnight, Southwick said. The vehicle was stuck in the mud at a logging site.

Deputies arrested Shawna Michelle Patrom, 22, of Springfield, Mo., on the Missouri theft warrant. She and Shaniah Renee Neiderhauser, 18, of Sparta, Mo., both have been charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Dispatchers next heard from the men today when they returned to the vehicle and found the women missing. By that time the loggers had returned to work and the Missouri men used one of the logger's phones to make the call.

They were told that help was on the way. But, as the sheriff said, when deputies arrived the men ran.

They were rounded up this morning after a chase through the forest. An Oregon State Police airplane also joined the search.

David Jeffery Hernandez, 32, of Springfield, Mo., was arrested on a warrant charging him with forgery. He and Nicholas A. Moore, 27, of Richmond, Mo., also will be held on charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, Southwick said.