Volunteers use sonar in search for missing boaters

Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2007

FAIRBANKS - Volunteers with a Georgia-based foundation are using sonar to look for the bodies of two boaters missing for a month and presumed drowned in Harding Lake, 45 miles south of Fairbanks.

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Officials long ago gave up the search, but volunteers believe the bodies of Travis Alexander, 19, of Fort Yukon and Kathy Garrigan, 24, of the Chicago suburb of Oak Park, are somewhere in the deep, cold waters of the large lake, which reaches up to 200 feet deep in places.

The body of 20-year-old Liza Lomando of East Meadow, New York, was pulled from the lake shortly after the three AmeriCorps volunteers were reported missing.

They were on a camping trip during Memorial Day weekend when their canoe apparently tipped, authorities said.

Volunteers with the Seth Foundation, a nonprofit organization that sends teams across the country to help water search efforts, searched the lake Monday using sonar.

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