Search for missing Juneau woman called off

Laurel Andrews

The search for missing Juneau woman Sharon Buis was called off Thursday, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Search parties had been scouring Mount Roberts, with a popular Juneau hiking trail where Buis presumably went missing, and surrounding areas since Saturday, when her car was found at the trail head.

"We haven't found any new leads, any new information since locating her car in the parking lot," Peters said.

Last Thursday, Buis, 48, had scheduled a Saturday hike up Mount Roberts with a friend but wasn't at home when the friend arrived to pick her up. Buis' car was found at the trail head on Saturday and may have been there since Friday. By Saturday evening, authorities were notified and the search began.

Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters was notified Thursday afternoon that the search had been called off.

Over the last few days, 20 searchers had been looking for Buis, Peters said, and as many as 30 people were searching for her each day over the weekend. Volunteers from Juneau Mountain Rescue and Southeast Dogs Organized for Ground Search, as well as the U.S. Coast Guard and Alaska State Troopers, participated in the search efforts.

Sgt. Tim Birt, who coordinated the troopers' search, told Alaska Dispatch on Wednesday that there was no evidence of foul play. A missing-persons case will remain open until Buis is located, Peters said.