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Search continues for missing Angoon hunter

Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2002

Divers from Juneau today will search the mouth of Hasselborg Sound, 12 miles east of Angoon, in an effort to find an Angoon man missing since Sunday morning.

Walter Jack Jr., 21, left his camp at Salt Lake near Mitchell Bay for a hike, wearing a sweatshirt and light clothing and carrying his shotgun sometime early Sunday morning, said his father, Walter Jack Sr. The younger Jack was with four friends on a hunting trip.

On Monday rescue teams found Jack's sweatshirt near Hasselborg Sound and located his shoes - one a mile and a half from his camp and the other three-fourths of a mile from the camp.

"We're just trying to keep the process going and maintain a positive attitude," said Walter Jack Sr., who is also Angoon's search and rescue coordinator.

"A Coast Guard helicopter spotted a man in the woods yesterday, but they said it wasn't him," he said. "They should have brought him down anyway because they didn't know who they were looking for."

Jack said he is thankful for the volunteers aiding in the search, including a ground team that camped Monday night in the Salt Lake area when the search was suspended, so it could get an early start today.

So far, a search and rescue team from Angoon, a Coast Guard helicopter crew from Sitka, Southeast Alaska Dogs Organized for Ground Search from Juneau, the Alaska State Troopers and three Southeast Aquatic Safety Divers from Juneau have joined the effort to find Jack. Rescuers have searched by ground and air the area of Jim's Lake, Salt Lake and Hasselborg Lake on Admiralty Island.

A search began Sunday at 10 a.m. when Jack's campmates noticed he was not at the camp. Organized search parties were formed around 5 p.m. when Jack's friends informed authorities he was missing.

Melanie Plenda can be reached at mplenda@juneauempire.com.



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