The Arctic Sounder

Search continues for Wainwright hunter missing since weekend

A search continued Tuesday for a Wainwright hunter who went missing the previous weekend.

The person, not identified by the officials, left Wainwright around 9:30 a.m. Friday on a hunting trip inland from the coastal village, according to a statement from the North Slope Borough. The borough Search and Rescue Department received a report of the person being overdue late that night, at about 1:15 a.m.

Wainwright volunteer search and rescue crews started looking for the hunter south of the village, at local camps, cabins and main hunting trails along the Kuk River. The first group returned to Wainwright on Saturday morning after not finding signs of the hunter.

Additional Wainwright ground crews continued the search farther south later Saturday and found no leads. Atqasuk, Utqiaġvik and Point Lay volunteers joined the operation, searching the area toward Wainwright.

The temperature in the area in the last few days has been in single digits, with light fog and mist.

The borough planned to attempt an airplane spotting mission once visibility improves in the search area. Officials also planned to ask for helicopter support from outside the borough, the statement said.

As of Tuesday morning, the search was still ongoing, according to several residents in the North Slope region.


Alena Naiden

Alena Naiden writes about communities in the North Slope and Northwest Arctic regions for the Arctic Sounder and ADN. Previously, she worked at the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.