Sunday, May 19, 2013
Why Did Musher Melanie Gould Go Missing?
Troopers haven't put a price on the total expenses of the search, but whatever the cost may be, they say it's unlikely that Gould will ever see a bill.
The search for missing Talkeetna musher Melanie Gould ended successfully on Saturday but there are still plenty of questions about where she was and what she was doing.
Alaska State Troopers say they put every resource they had into trying to find the missing musher. For more than five days they worked with dozens of volunteers to scour the air and the ground in the area near Cantwell where her truck was discovered.
A day after the official search was called off Gould contacted troopers, and friends found her a short time later. Troopers are still calculating the cost but say one thing is clear: Mealanie Gould won’t have to pay. In fact, troopers say no one does because there is no law that requires it.
“We are given a budget to do search and rescues in the state and that’s what we work off of,” says Lt. Dave Tugman of the Alaska State Troopers. “There are no state statutes or criminal statutes or civil statutes.”
Troopers say Gould did nothing illegal, even though she apparently knew people were looking for her but avoided them.
They say Gould didn’t asked to be looked for and they won’t discuss if there could be mental health or other issues that prompted her to leave her home with a kennel full of dogs unattended. They do say that letting someone know where she was going and when she planned to return might have spared a lot of worry.
Her friends say they are simply glad to have her back and they are asking now that people respect her privacy.