Buis family thankful for search effort, community support

We would like to take the time to thank everyone in the Juneau community for their current and future efforts in the search for Sharon.


We would like to thank Alaska State Trooper Tim Birt and his team, Troopers Joshua Bentz and Chris Umbs, for leading and organizing the search for Sharon. We also want to thank Bruce Bowler of SEADOGS and his team, Pat Dryer of the Juneau Mountain Rescue and his talented and experienced crew, along with all the community volunteers that have joined in the search, not just one night but many nights.

We would like to thank TEMSCO helicopters, who went above and beyond in their assistance in the search for Sharon, and Wings of Alaska and Era Helicopters, who continue to vary their routes to continue searching.

We would also like to take a minute to thank the staff at the top of the Mount Roberts Tramway for not only allowing searchers free passage, but for feeding and keeping the searchers filled with warm drinks. They also allowed us to take up valuable table space in order to set up the command center for the search.

We understand that the search has been suspended, there simply are no clues. Please, we appeal to you to search your memories for any conversations, plans or sightings relating to Friday, May 23, 2014, or leading up to that day. If you do remember anything, even the slightest thing, please contact either the Alaska State Troopers or the Juneau Police Department.

We also understand the scope and how extensive and exhaustive an area the search covered. The Buis family, both here and back home in Aylmer, Ontario, are at a loss for words but still extremely grateful for the measures undertaken to do this search.

We will continue to pray for Sharon, and for those who continue to search on your own. We are so proud of this community, which thought of Sharon not just as a lost hiker, but as one of its own. It is overwhelming to know Sharon touched so many lives and is loved and admired by so many.

Thank you for continuing to hope and search for Sharon,

— Nellie Buis (Sharon’s mother) and the Buis family


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