Wasilla woman now missing for a month

Posted: Wednesday, August 05, 2009

FAIRBANKS - Carolyn Tyrrell told a friend on Independence Day that she was headed to Fairbanks. The 68-year-old Wasilla woman hasn't been spotted since.

Tyrrell's son, Terry, said his mother shopped at a Fred Meyer store in Fairbanks on July 4, and a surveillance tape shows she bought a cooler, a camping chair and a tackle box. Bank records indicate Carolyn bought gasoline in Fox a little while later.

"She looked just fine," Terry Tyrrell said. "She was smiling, happy. Everything looked good there."

It's not clear where Carolyn went from there, but her son believes she probably went fishing north of Fairbanks. The family owns a mine at 98 Mile Steese Highway, but there's no reason to think Tyrrell would go there, her son said.

Family and friends have searched the road system between Wasilla and Fairbanks but have found no trace of Tyrrell. Missing-person flyers have been distributed, but no one else has reported seeing her, either. An aerial search is on hold until the smoky skies clear.

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