Juneau woman missing

Posted: Monday, April 03, 2000

State troopers are searching trails and the woods around Mount Juneau for a 50-year-old woman who walked away from a mental-health center Sunday night.

The woman was staying in a temporary apartment on North Franklin run by the Juneau Alliance for the Mentally Ill, where she was helped with taking medication.

The woman, who had the right to come and go, left the shelter at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday wearing a short-sleeved black floral dress. Staff, who were concerned about her safety, called police and the woman's sister.

Marcia Nye said when her sister is depressed she often seeks high ground to be close to God. Her sister's favorite walk is Perseverance Trail. Her sister is physically fit, Nye said.

Police checked the road system and churches Sunday night, said police Lt. Walt Boman. Troopers and dogs trained to detect human scent walked the major trails around Perseverance Trail until about 2:20 a.m. today, trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson said from Anchorage.

``One of the tough things is no one really knows where she went. That's a big area to check,'' Boman said.

The trooper-directed search resumed at about 8 a.m. today. Police continue to look in urban areas, said police Lt. Ron Forneris. Capital City Fire and Rescue hadn't been called out by mid-morning, said Lt. Pete Hettinger.

It rained steadily downtown from about 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday, tapering off to scattered showers, the National Weather Service said. Temperatures downtown were in the low to mid 40s from Sunday afternoon through early this morning.

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