Missing 13-year-old girl found alive

A 13-year-old girl who was reported missing in Port Protection on Sunday has been found alive and unharmed, according to Alaska State Troopers and the Coast Guard.


Coast Guard Lt. Ryan Erickson of Sector Juneau said in a phone interview he just received news at about noon on Tuesday that Makayla McRoberts was found sometime this morning.

Troopers confirmed that in an updated dispatch online, which said McRoberts was found by ground searchers at about 12:02 p.m.

“She appeared fine,” Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said by phone.

Peters said the girl was to be airlifted out of the search area and evaluated by medics to determine if any medical treatment was necessary.

Troopers launched a search for the teenager, who they said was new to Alaska, at about 7:30 a.m. Monday morning when she had not returned from a hike on a trail near the boardwalk at the end of Port Protection Road.

She was supposed to return from her hike by 5 p.m. Sunday, and she was reported missing to the troopers in Ketchikan at about 9:30 p.m. that night, troopers said in a dispatch.

She did not take anything with her, and was last seen wearing a hooded sweatshirt and tennis shoes, troopers said.

The Coast Guard assisted in the search and rescue mission by sending a helicopter to search by air, while volunteer rescue squads, the Sitka Mountain Rescue team and Port Protection citizens searched on the ground.

Air Station Sitka sent an MH-60 Jayhawk Helicopter to help transport the mountain rescue team personnel and the dogs to the area. The Coast Guard also sent a Blackhawk based out of Juneau to assist.

Troopers said local Klawock air assets were originally unable to fly due to poor weather conditions, and that vehicle access roads were impassable due to heavy snow pack.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.


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