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Authorities reduce search efforts for missing Kenai family

Jerzy Shedlock

Kenai police continue to send out updates on their search for a missing Kenai family of four. On Wednesday, they released additional photos of the family and offered a single new detail about how the one of the missing family members spent his free time.

The Kenai Police Department reported there were no coordinated ground searches scheduled for Wednesday but investigators "continue to work diligently on this highest priority investigation" and will continue to work with Anchorage-based FBI officials.

So far, the numerous resources used in the search have included an Outside canine scent detection team, plus additional ground and aerial personnel. The canine team has ended its efforts after several days of searching, the police department reported.

The family, last seen more than three weeks ago, includes 22-year-old Rebecca Adams, 5-year-old Michelle Hundley, 3-year-old Jaracca Hundley, and 37-year-old Brandon Jividen.

According to Kenai police, Jividen was known to venture outdoors. But police say his fondness for the Alaska wilderness is simply general information, and they do not have specific details to conclude the family is off somewhere in the woods.

"We are hopeful members of the public will closely observe the missing person photographs and immediately report any sightings of the missing persons in urban areas, as well as remote areas of Alaska," the police department reported.

Police also said there were no signs of forced entry into the family's apartment, which officers found locked. Additionally, there were no signs of a struggle or "obvious signs of foul play."

On Tuesday, police released an image of Jividen's black Chevy Colorado pickup truck, reporting it is possible the missing family may have been seen with the vehicle on May 25 or subsequent days. The truck was later located at the family's residence early on in the investigation.

Adams' car was also located at the apartment. Police reported they aren't aware of any additional vehicles Jividen or Adams had access to.

Anyone who may have contacted or seen any of the missing family members on or after May 25 at asked to call the Kenai Police Department at 907-283-7978.

Reach Jerzy Shedlock at jerzy@alaskadispatch.com


By JERZY SHEDLOCK
jerzy@alaskadispatch.com