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As Troopers Suspend Search, Local Efforts Continue for Missing Brevig Man

The search for Olanna explored Grantley Harbor (right) and Port Clarence (left). The community of Teller is in the foreground, with Brevig Mission faintly visible across the water. Photo: KNOM File.

The search for Olanna explored Grantley Harbor (right) and Port Clarence (left). The community of Teller is in the foreground, with Brevig Mission faintly visible across the water. Photo: KNOM File.

Alaska State Troopers have suspended their participation in the search for a 21-year-old Brevig Mission man who went missing last week—but local searchers say they are continuing to look for Clarence Ray Olanna.

Olanna was last seen by his family more than a week ago, when he didn’t come home Monday July 14. Local searchers began looking immediately, and found Olanna’s clothing on the beach near Brevig in the early morning hours of last Tuesday.

Despite a week of searching that has involved search and rescue teams from Brevig, Teller, and Shishmaref, searchers and others involved in the effort have reported no other sign of Olanna,

The search has involved four-wheelers, boats and an Alaska Army National Guard helicopter.

Brevig Village Public Safety Officer Wilfred Olanna says local search efforts continue and donations are still needed. Information on how to make donations of food, fuel, and other needs to support the search effort.

Donations are being flown to the community free of charge by local air carriers. Organizers ask that all donations be dropped off at Bering Air and Ravn terminals in Nome and be addressed to Brevig Mission Search and Rescue, attention “Brevig VPSO.”

Further information on donations is available by donation organizers Inez Tocktoo and Linda Divers at 907.643.1084 or 907.642.3012.

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