Coast Guard assists Alaska State Troopers in search for missing 74-year-old man

A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter

Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk File Photo

KODIAK, Alaska – Two Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrews, Alaska State Troopers personnel, a canine search team, and two ground teams are searching for a 74-year-old man in a heavily wooded area approximately 28 miles northwest of Haines, Alaska, Sunday.

Coast Guard aircrews and three canine search teams from Skagway, Juneau and the local Haines area are searching by air and land to saturate the wooded area he is suspected to be in. He is reported to have been last seen at his residence at 10:30 a.m., wearing jeans and a blue and white long sleeve button–down shirt, Friday.

His vehicle was located, parked and unoccupied, on a remote road at 6 p.m., Saturday. The man has no reported medical issues or mental instability.

Saturday night, at approximately 9:31 p.m., District 17 command center watchstanders received an agency assist from Alaska State Troopers for a helicopter assist due to the inability of local ground searchers to access the heavily wooded area after sunset. District 17 command center directed the launch of an Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew to conduct the search. The Jayhawk aircrew conducted a one hour search utilizing night vision goggles, forward-looking infrared radar, and a spot light. A secondary flight was conducted Sunday afternoon.

“This case exemplifies the abilities of the federal, state and local agencies to seamlessly coordinate efforts to execute search and rescue,” said Lt. Daniel Piazza, the District 17 command center command duty officer. “We will continue working tirelessly as a team to search for this man in efforts to get him home.”

Weather on scene was 10 miles visibility and an air temperature of 54 degrees.

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