Rescuers search for missing Juneau man

Posted: Sunday, June 18, 2000

Alaska State Troopers were searching Saturday for a Juneau man missing at Excursion Inlet.

William ``Bill'' Unick, 48, was reported missing by his wife about 12:30 p.m. Friday. Unick went to Excursion Inlet Packing about a week ago to help open the facility for the summer, said David McLean, assistant superintendent of the cannery. ``We don't know too many details about him,'' McLean said Saturday afternoon.

Unick was scheduled to travel to Juneau for medical treatment ``and for some reason he took off and is now lost,'' said Chief Paul Webb of the U.S. Coast Guard's Station Juneau.

Troopers describe Unick as a white male, 5 feet 11 inches in height, weighing 170 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes. When he walked away from the cannery he was wearing a black jacket and blue jeans.

Excursion Inlet is an estuary about 38 miles west of Juneau. State troopers are overseeing the search, Webb said, but the Coast Guard is lending support. A Coast Guard helicopter from Sitka dropped off Sitka Trooper Cpl. Chuck Lamica in the search area about 9 a.m. Saturday and flew over the area, but found nothing. Webb described the area as densely wooded, with 200-foot trees, underbrush and cliffs.

Four trained search dogs and four handlers from SEADOGS flew over from Juneau Saturday morning to join the search, Webb added.

The search was still going on at 5 p.m. Saturday, according to the Ketchikan troopers' station.

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