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Authorities search for missing Juneau woman

By Hope Miller 5:25 PM May 26, 2014
ANCHORAGE –

A search continues for a 48-year-old woman who never met up with a friend for a planned hike on Saturday.

Sharon Buis of Juenau was supposed to go for a hike on the Mount Roberts trail, but never caught up with her companion, said Alaska State Trooper spokesman Tim DeSpain. The planned destination was Hawthorne Peak.

When her friend then found Buis’ empty car in the parking lot next to the trail head, they became concerned and contacted police, DeSpain said. A limited search was conducted Saturday night.

On Sunday, 30 volunteer searchers and search-and-rescue canines combed the trail system and expanded the search to cover the Mount Juneau Trail, Perseverance Trail and the Granite Creek Trail, troopers said. The search was fleshed out with helicopters to look over areas unsafe for ground searchers due to snowy conditions or broken terrain.

The search continued Monday with 28 searchers and canines, troopers said. Helicopters were also used to bring the volunteers to remote areas.

The search area involves “rugged mountainous terrain with deteriorating snow conditions at higher elevations and thick vegetation at lower elevations,” troopers wrote. Buis is believed to have hiking experience, DeSpain said.

Alaska State Troopers are searching for Buis with the help of Juneau Mountain Rescue, Southeast Alaska Dogs Organized for Ground Search (SEADOGS), the U.S. Coast Guard and the Mount Roberts Tram.

–This is a developing story.

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