Lost in the Last Frontier (KTVA.com exclusive)
Active and open doesn’t mean investigating in missing persons cases
The next morning when Margaret Fandel left for work her kids weren’t there. This too seemed normal. All that changed when she attempted to call her daughter at school. School officials informed her neither child had made it to class that day.
Bullet shell casings were later found near the cabin. Authorities were never able to determine if they were related to the case. For many years Amy Fandel’s father was a person of interest in the case. Many theories regarding his involvement were speculated upon. There was never evidence to support the supposition.
Today the siblings would be in their late 40s. An online web page has computer-generated photos of what both children may now look like. Scott Fandel has brown hair, a straight smile, blue eyes and the face of man. His sister’s smile has straightened out. She no longer looks like the doe-eyed girl she was the last time her family saw her.
Their cases are considered a non-family abduction.
Some years later their childhood home burned down, leaving the lost children with no place to return to.
Megan Siobhan Emerick left her Seward dormitory residence on foot to do laundry in July of 1973. She was 17 years old and living at the Seward Skill Center. Her roommate searched for her for three days before reporting her missing.
The young woman had straight brown hair, protruding front teeth and freckles across her nose. She left her personal belongings and identification behind.
A typical Alaska girl and a product of Delta Junction, she enjoyed fishing and hunting with her family on the Yukon River. She found pleasure in rock music, horses and motorcycles.
Authorities speculated that the teenage girl was a victim of Robert Hansen. In 1984 Hansen claimed he committed 17 murders and 30 rapes. Only 12 of his victims’ bodies were ever recovered.
The convicted serial murder claimed to be in Seward at the time of her disappearance, but denied any involvement.
In 1996 Megan Emerick’s mother went to the grave not knowing the fate of her missing daughter.
Megan’s missing persons case is still open and active.
“ENDANGERED MISSING PERSON” runs across the top of a more recent flyer.
In the middle of June 2009, John Melvin Wipert was working as a caretaker at Ptarmigan Lake Lodge in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park when he disappeared with two of the lodge’s horses. He was unfamiliar with the area and is suspected to have been taking the horses to Beaver Creek.
Urban Rahoi, who hired Wipert, had returned to the lodge in the first weeks of July to drop off groceries, and found the door off the hinges, a horse starving and dehydrated in the stable and rotting bacon on the counter.
Rahoi found a note reading “Gone to check out the cabin. Back tomorrow night,” but the closest cabin was more than a day’s ride away.
Wipert remains yet another unsolved Alaska mystery.