Snowmachiners now missing between Teller, Nome for a week
Search efforts are still in progress for a pair of Teller men last seen a week ago leaving the Northwest Alaska village by snowmachine for Nome.
Alaska State Troopers spokesman Tim DeSpain said Monday afternoon that attempts to find David Miller, 38, and Rex Iyatunguk, 37, were continuing. The two men had left Teller riding a single Polaris 550 snowmachine at about noon on Feb. 25, bound for Nome about 70 miles to the southeast.
Despite the ongoing search for Miller and Iyatunguk, DeSpain said in an email, crews “have not located any signs of them.” The duo reportedly did not have emergency supplies or gear with them.
Lt. Col. Candis Olmstead, a spokeswoman for Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson’s Rescue Coordination Center, said air search efforts were severely restricted by conditions in the area over the weekend.
“RCC coordinated for an Army National Guard search and they were on call for five days, but the snowstorms and whiteout conditions hampered the search and didn’t allow for many windows of time to get aviation assets through the area,” Olmstead wrote. “An Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk out of Nome was able to search on Feb. 28, but were unable to find any signs of the missing snowmachiners.”
On Friday, searchers had been trying to reach additional cabins between Nome and Teller where the men may have taken shelter. Those efforts, however, were also hindered by weather conditions.
Correction: The name of one of the missing snowmachiners has been corrected from "Rey" to "Rex."
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