Official search ends for missing man whose vehicle was found near Anchorage Hillside trailhead

The official search for a missing man last seen Tuesday ended Thursday night after searchers found no sign of 28-year-old Juan Toscano, authorities say.

Family and friends last heard from Toscano around 3 p.m. Tuesday, when he told them he was going for a hike at the Basher Drive trailhead, police wrote in an alert. Toscano was reported missing just after 1 p.m. Wednesday when he hadn’t returned from the hike. His vehicle was located at the trailhead.

Searches Wednesday and Thursday involved multiple groups as well as dogs, drones, ATVs and aerial resources, according to Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Sunny Guerin.

Searchers found no sign of Toscano nor any signs of an animal attack in the area, Guerin said. She couldn’t say if members of Toscano’s family or friends were continuing to look for him.

In a separate case in the same area, police on Friday identified the homicide victim whose body was found by someone walking near Campbell Airstrip Road on Wednesday as 35-year-old Juan Wright.

At this time, there is nothing to indicate that the homicide and missing person cases are connected, Guerin said.