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Missing Anchorage man's snowmachine found in Kuskokwim River

A 24-year-old Anchorage snowmachiner is missing and state troopers say his snowmachine has been found in the Kuskokwim River.

A McGrath-based wildlife trooper was told that Casey Graham was overdue from a snowmachine trip Thursday afternoon by one of Graham's family members, troopers reported in an online dispatch.

Graham last contacted friends Wednesday evening to tell them he was going out on a snowmachine ride. The dispatch does not specify where Graham was going or how long he thought he'd be gone.

Wildlife troopers conducted an aerial search in the McGrath area and a short time later found his orange snowmachine in an open lead of water along the main channel of the Kuskokwim River, just north of the McGrath Airport, according to troopers.

"There were no tracks or signs of self-rescue," troopers said.

Volunteer searchers, the McGrath village public safety officer and Aniak-based troopers searched the area where Graham's snowmachine was found until 11 p.m. Thursday. Additional search efforts were underway Friday.

By 4 p.m., troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen said Graham still had not been found.

Megan Edge

Megan Edge is a former reporter for Alaska Dispatch and Alaska Dispatch News.