• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 9s

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.

Latest Stories

  • News

    TSA rules for smooth holiday travel

    by Bonney Bowman on Dec 18, 19:19

    People go through security at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport every day and every day, people get flagged at  the checkpoint. It slows everything down and during the busy holiday season, that’s something the Transportation Security Administration wants to avoid. When it comes to liquids in carry-ons, the TSA prohibits anything larger than 3.4 ounces. Other prohibited […]

  • News

    Laptop drive collects computers for foster kids

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 18, 18:38

    This holiday season, an Alaska group is stepping forward to help give local foster kids a leg up on their education. Facing Foster Care in Alaska — an organization comprised of youth and alumni of the state’s foster care system — recently launched its “Laptops 4 Foster Youth” drive, which aims to provide donated laptops […]

  • News

    Anchorage firefighters torch Christmas tree to prove a point

    by Rhonda McBride on Dec 18, 14:45

    It was Anchorage’s first Christmas tree fire of the year. And it was set on purpose by firefighters to prove a point: It only takes a minute for a Christmas tree to be engulfed in flames. “There are over 200 fires annually caused by Christmas trees. And unfortunately a lot of fatalities are involved with […]

  • Sports

    HS girls hockey: Dimond/West gets the win

    by KTVA Sports on Dec 18, 12:38

    Wednesday’s girls high school hockey game started quietly … but it didn’t finish that way. Dimond/West 7 South/Bartlett 4

  • Lifestyle

    Code for Anchorage merges community and technology

    by Hope Miller on Dec 18, 12:28

    On a slushy December night in Anchorage, a group of tech-oriented types gathered at The Boardroom downtown, a meeting spot for independent professionals and small companies. Seated around a conference table, they munched on pizza and sipped from cans of beer as one by one, they rattled off a few facts about themselves and touched on […]

  • News

    PHOTOS: Seized sled dogs ready for adoption

    by Heather Hintze on Dec 18, 12:11

    Some of the dogs taken in from a Girdwood kennel will soon be available for adoption. At the end of November, the Anchorage Animal Care and Control Center seized 13 dogs from musher Dario Martinez’s kennel after police say he committed suicide. The dogs were found emaciated due to lack of food and water. One dog was […]

  • News

    Middle school energy efficiency competition has its rewards

    by Rhonda McBride on Dec 18, 12:04

    There were no losers in the “2014 Power Pledge Challenge,” a competition sponsored by Chugach Electric and the Renewable Energy Alaska Project, mainly because finding ways to save energy is always a win-win. About 1,200 seventh-graders in the Anchorage School District took part. They were armed with information about what causes energy inefficiencies and were told […]

  • Crime

    Mat-Su heroin trafficking investigation leads to arrests, drug seizures

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 18, 11:40

    Two people are in custody and $400,000 worth of heroin was seized after authorities launched an investigation into heroin trafficking in the Mat-Su Valley, authorities say. Tuesday, a federal grand jury indicted 37-year-old Seneca Neal of Anchorage and 40-year-old Lamon Washington of Fairbanks for heroin distribution and conspiracy to distribute more than a kilogram of the […]