State troopers are headed to Kalskag today to meet with searchers. The effort is now mostly in the hands of volunteers. Mike Riley is the head of Bethel Search and Rescue.
He says crews have gone on the trails all round Tuluksak, Bogus Creek, and through the whitefish trail to Aniak. They’ve checked several islands, plus the back trail from Akiachak to Tuluksak. There’s been no sign of Alexie or the black 4-wheeler with a wooden windshield he was driving. Riley says one area of interest is an open hole at Bogus creek.
“They are drilling some holes and looking with an underwater camera downriver of the hole. So far they haven’t come up with anything. We haven’t drug the hole because we have no evidence. Bogus Creek is the place to be dragging, they looking for any evidence of that,” said Riley.
Dozens of searchers from Tuluksak, Bethel, Napaskiak, Akiachak, and Kalskag, have been on the ground. Trooper aircraft were flying last week.
“There’s been no air support since last Saturday, because of some of the weather. They did an intense air search for numerous amount days, but they have not spotted anything at all,” said Riley.
The search area is enormous, because search crews don’t know what direction Alexie traveled when he left Tuluksak. He could have gone upriver or downriver.
“If anybody has any kind of any information of where he was last seen since the third of this month, if they’ve seen him or know which way he may have headed, it will be a big help to everyone,” said Riley.
If anyone has information, they should call troopers at 543-2294.