UPDATE: As of 8pm Wednesday, the autumn search for Joseph Balderas has been called off. Volunteers had been hoping that autumn changes to the tundra would make their efforts more successful, but no new clues or evidence was found.
Alexie Morris, Jr., of Nome drove his ATV out onto the tundra behind Cape Nome, where he was pursued by aircraft until Morris’s four-wheeler became lodged into the terrain. Morris had two warrants for his arrest and is now at AMCC, with bail set at $10,000 for each warrant.
The Fire Marshal’s Office says the cause of the fire was candles left lit in the house. However, the State Medical Examiner’s Office determined Kestler died of natural causes before the fire started.
Alaska State Troopers received a report of missing persons from Brevig Mission on Wednesday at 1:18pm. Ground searchers located Eleanor Olanna and Herbert Barr on a trail heading towards Wales on Thursday after more than 24 hours of searching.
Cigarettes and cell phones were reported stolen from the gas station store in Emmonak.
38-year-old Travis Siekert was hunting an estimated 35 miles northwest of St. Mary’s when he began suffering from serious medical issues.
Alaska State Troopers received a report that fiber optic equipment, a generator, and other gear were stolen from a Hammer Environmental Services truck parked in Emmonak over the weekend.
A Savoonga Village Police Officer reported Harlan Kingeekuk missing four days after he left on a four-wheeler to visit an archaeological dig site. He never made it to the St. Lawrence Island site; his body was recovered Thursday evening with signs of apparent hypothermia.
An active search for Hamilton by Bethel Search and Rescue and well as by volunteers from the communities of Grayling, Holy Cross and Shageluk has continued into this week for missing 18-year-old Alfred Hamilton.
Several items, including a firearm, were stolen during a break-in at a camp near Mile 47 on the Kougarok Road last week.