Search efforts are continuing for a 10-year-old girl who has been missing since Thursday in the Northwest Alaska community of Kotzebue.

According to the Northwest Arctic Borough’s Facebook page, “hundreds of volunteers” are assisting Alaska State Troopers, Kotzebue police and borough and Arctic Circle search-and-rescue personnel looking for Ashley Johnson-Barr.

Search efforts over the weekend were unsuccessful. On Monday, volunteers in the community met up at the Borough Office for a briefing at 10 a.m.

The Borough Office in Kotzebue is the staging area for search parties. Community briefing at 10 a.m. on Sept. 10, 2018. (Credit: Heather Hintze / KTVA)


At the briefing, leaders said there is still an active search for a live person. About 30 minutes later, more than a dozen volunteers broke up into groups to continue the search for Ashley. 

The FBI has been called in to help. According to FBI spokeswoman Staci Feger-Pellessier, seven special agents will arrive Monday night and three more will arrive Tuesday morning to assist. 


According to a Saturday statement from Kotzebue police, Johnson-Barr was last seen at about 6 p.m. Thursday after leaving Rainbow Park, on the 200 block of Third Avenue.

"The police department discovered that Ashley's cell telephone was located in the street by the NANA building, (100 Second Avenue) which is approximately half a mile from the park and in (the) opposite direction of her residence," police wrote.

NANA building in Kotzebue. Sept. 10, 2018. (Credit: Heather Hintze / KTVA)


Alaska State Troopers said in a missing persons bulletin that Johnson-Barr had last been reported traveling east on Lagoon Street toward 5th Street. She was wearing "a pink sweater and jeans."

An incident management team arrived Saturday morning from Anchorage to assist with the search.

Volunteers are being asked to report to the borough’s Assembly chambers, with food donations for searchers being accepted at Cudd Hall.

“Taikuu to everyone who has volunteered already!” borough officials wrote on Facebook.

MATSAR search and rescue dogs from the Mat-Su are being sent to Kotzebue to help with the search, according to the group's Facebook page.

A GoFundMe has been set up for reward money -- with a goal of $10,000. 

Anyone who sees Johnson-Barr should call Kotzebue police at 907-442-3351 or borough Search and Rescue at 907-412-2038.

Scott Gross, Heather Hintze and Mary Simton contributed information to this story.

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