Search called off for missing Juneau woman


Posted: Monday, March 31, 2003

TENAKEE SPRINGS - Alaska State Troopers on Sunday suspended their search for a 19-year-old former Juneau woman who was reported missing Friday in Tenakee Springs, about 50 miles southwest of Juneau. But residents said today they are continuing to search for the missing woman.

Margaret "Maggie" Wigen was seen last walking her dog around 3 p.m. Wednesday on a Tenakee trail, according to troopers, who headed up the search. Wigen's dog was found Friday afternoon, wandering without Wigen, troopers said.

Search and rescue teams began looking for Wigen on Friday afternoon, but ended a formal search Sunday evening when troopers failed to find any trace of her. Dordie Carter, a Tenakee resident looking for Wigen, said residents are not giving up on finding her.

Wigen is described as 5-feet-5-inches tall, about 145 pounds with long red-brown hair, usually worn in a long braid. She has brown eyes. She may have been wearing a light red-and-gray-plaid Pendelton shirt, blue jeans or gray sweat pants.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Juneau trooper post at 465-4000, the Tenakee Fire Hall at 736-2211, or Tenakee Mayor Shelly Wilson at 736-2216.

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