Search suspended for missing Chitina man

34-year-old Ian Lutz has been missing since Monday.
34-year-old Ian Lutz has been missing since Monday.(Sara MacDougall)
Published: Feb. 6, 2021 at 5:50 PM AKST|Updated: Feb. 8, 2021 at 1:43 PM AKST
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Alaska State Troopers have suspended the search for Ian Michael Lutz in Chitina after a week. Community members and officials were searching for 34-year-old Lutz who has been missing since Feb. 1. AST, Alaska Wildlife Troopers, VPSO and many more have joined the search for Lutz.

Officials say his vehicle was found down an embankment near an apartment complex along the Edgerton Highway, but Lutz was not found. Alaska State Troopers say the weather at the time Lutz went missing was below zero.

“He’s our friend, and we can’t find him, and if he is deceased, which we all know is a possibility, we want to find him. Either way, we want to find him, so under any circumstances we just want to know, what happened and if he’s ok,” said Elizabeth Kelley, in a phone interview Saturday.

Kelley told Alaska’s News Source that she is Lutz’s neighbor, and she just wants to find answers.

“We just thought we would find him by now. We haven’t and they haven’t, and all their efforts have been unsuccessful,” says Kelley.

During the interview, Kelley tossed around a few theories, but one thing she knows for sure was that Lutz loved his dog and wouldn’t just leave town without his dog.

AST says if new information or evidence is discovered it will reevaluate the search at that time.

If you have any information on the case please call Alaska State Troopers at (907) 822-3263.

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