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Man missing in Eagle River Valley found safe

  • Author: Chris Klint
  • Updated: September 28, 2016
  • Published March 1, 2016

Police thanked those who assisted in the search in a Twitter message Tuesday morning.

23 yo David Gonzalez has been located in Eagle River and is safe. Thank you for your assistance!— APD Public Info. (@APDInfo) March 1, 2016

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Teams are searching an Eagle River neighborhood for a young man last seen Monday evening, as Anchorage police ask the public for assistance locating him.

Police spokeswoman Jennifer Castro said Tuesday that 23-year-old David Gonzalez was last seen leaving a home on Cates Avenue, east of Eagle River off Eagle River Road, to take a walk at about 8:30 p.m. Monday. Due to his circumstances, police consider him a "vulnerable adult."

"Gonzalez is visiting Alaska and is unfamiliar with the area; he also has health concerns," Castro wrote in a statement on the search.

About 15 members of the Anchorage Police Department Auxiliary Search Team were working alongside Mat-Su Search and Rescue members and their search dogs Tuesday morning.

"There's a lot of wooded areas he could be in, so they want to check those areas," Castro said.

Searchers didn't have word that Gonzalez, who was last seen wearing a red flannel jacket, a black hoodie sweatshirt with "Gonzalez" across the back and gray sweatpants, had a cellphone or any other communications device.

Castro said the length of Eagle River Road has searchers concerned that Gonzalez may have walked along it and become disoriented overnight.

"Eagle River Road goes on and on and on," Castro said. "We're really looking for anything and everything from the public for help."

Police are asking anyone who has seen Gonzalez -- described by police as 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighing about 180 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes -- or has information on his whereabouts to call police at 907-786-8900.

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