Family calls off search for missing Mount Marathon runner

Associated PressJuly 15, 2012 

The family of missing Mount Marathon runner Michael LeMaitre of Anchorage is calling off its search after more than a week of continuously looking for him on the mountain.

KTUU says the Seward Fire department also has suspended its search over the weekend because of depleting resources and poor weather conditions.

The Seward Fire chief says small search teams will resume when conditions improve.

LeMaitre's son-in-law, Curtis Lynn, says the mountain is slick and becoming more dangerous. He says family does not want volunteers to continue risking injury.

Lynn says it was an "extremely hard decision" and the family doesn't have the closure it wanted.

The 66-year-old LeMaitre vanished during the annual Fourth of July race in Seward.

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