Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Two Interior Residents Missing On Alaska Rivers
Aerial searches by Alaska State Troopers have not been successful and have been called off. Independent searches continue.
FAIRBANKS — Two Interior residents went missing while on river boats in different parts of the state this week. In both cases, aerial searches by Alaska State Troopers have not been successful and have been called off. Independent searches continue.
• Timothy Ned, 31, reportedly fell in the Koyukuk River near Allakaket on Wednesday. Three companions, who were going to a cabin 12 miles up the river from Allakaket, reported Ned fell in the water and disappeared. The men returned to town without the boat, which was found downriver from Allakaket without gas and without Ned. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the case, troopers said. A Cessna 185 and numerous boats were used in the search.
• Assistant hunting guide Brian R. Murray, 44, of Fairbanks, was reported missing on the Nushagak River in Southwest after he failed to arrive at a camp two hours upriver from the village of Koliganek. Murray was last seen departing from a beach in a small skiff. Another hunting guide told troopers he found the skiff adrift without Murray about 10 minutes later. Alcohol is not suspected to be a factor, troopers said. Murray works for hunting guide Donald Duncan, who is based in Fairbanks according to his website. A trooper Super Cub and Tucker Aviation helicopter searched the river for two days unsuccessfully.