Troopers seek help finding missing Palmer man

Tegan Hanlon
Photo courtesy of Angela Jensen

Troopers are searching for clues to the whereabouts of a 33-year-old man who was last seen Saturday in Meadow Lakes.

A family member reported that Corey Newell's snowmachine was found Tuesday near Cloudy Lake, about 20 miles west of Palmer, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Debra Davis, Newell's mother who lives in Palmer, said she last saw her son at the family's Christmas celebration on Dec. 26. She described him as a 6-foot-2-inch, 190-pound man "with a big trademark smile."

Davis said Newell left his ex-girlfriend's home off of Pittman Road around 9:30 p.m. Saturday, destined for a friend's home about ten miles away. He did not have a cellphone with him, Davis said. She said he was a "nomad" and typically doesn't live in one spot for too long.

Newell's functioning snowmachine was found between two trees near Pittman Road and was about 2.5 miles away from the friend's home where he was staying, Davis said.

"His friends are his world and none of them have heard from him," she said.

Peters said troopers haven't conducted a ground search because authorities "don't have a search area." Friends removed the snowmachine from where it was found.

"We can't really gain much from the scene," Peters said.

Anyone with information about Newell's location should contact troopers at 907-352-5401.

Reach Tegan Hanlon at or 257-4589.