Hunter missing near Angoon

Posted: Monday, August 19, 2002

JUNEAU - Efforts to find a 21-year-old hunter who went missing Sunday morning from a campsite eight miles northeast of Angoon continue today as the Coast Guard joins in an air search.

Walter Jack Jr. of Angoon was on a hunting trip near Salt Lake over the weekend with five friends, said Walter Jack Sr., the missing man's father and the head of the search and rescue team in Angoon.

Jack said his son went for a walk sometime Sunday morning before the others woke up. Around 10 a.m. the other campers were concerned that Jack had not returned and began searching for him, he said. "He knows that area pretty well, but there's no telling where he could have gone or what time he left," said Jack.

By 5 p.m. some of the campers went back into Angoon to notify the village public safety officer and a search was launched.

Jack said search efforts continued into the night with no results and resumed again this morning with the help of a Coast Guard helicopter and the Southeast Alaska Dogs Organized for Ground Search. Jack said though they are looking for his son, he is trying to "keep a level head to make sure we are following the process of a search."

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