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Missing JBER soldier found safe

By Hope Miller 4:42 PM May 15, 2014

Update: Anchorage police say Brian Semrinec contacted authorities Sunday afternoon and is alive and safe.


Police, family and friends are asking for help finding a 20-year-old Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson soldier who is new to the state.

Brian Semrinec was last seen leaving the Ramada Inn on Third Avenue in Downtown Anchorage the morning of May 12. He checked out of the hotel around 9 a.m., said Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Dani Myren in a statement.

Semrinec, who has only been in Alaska for a few weeks, didn’t show up for work on Tuesday as scheduled.

That’s unusual behavior for him, said childhood friend Justin Miller.

Semrinec took his job seriously, Miller said. While stationed at Fort Bragg for two-plus years, he never missed a day of work.

“After knowing Brian for nearly seven years, this behavior is unlike anything I have known him to be capable of,” said Jessica Ellermets in an email. “He whole heartedly loves the Army and would not, under his own power, abandon his duties. It is under this premise that I am sure something is wrong.”

Friends also describe him as a family man who loves his mother dearly. He wouldn’t just sever contact with people he cared about, Miller said.

Semrinec grew up in Bradenton, Florida, and enlisted in the U.S. Army after finishing high school. He completed a tour in Afghanistan before moving to Alaska. Living in the Last Frontier had been a dream of his, Miller said, who had been receiving snapshots of the state via text message from Semrinec.

Semrinec is 6 feet 1 inch tall and 180 pounds. He has military-cut brown hair and brown eyes, APD said. He has a tattoo of a fish on one of his legs and was last seen wearing blue jeans and a white t-shirt. He may also have a backpack with him.

Police ask anyone with information on Semrinec’s whereabouts to call APD at 786-8900.

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