Anchorage police searching for missing hiker

Searchers are looking for missing Anchorage hiker Juan Toscano
Published: Jun. 1, 2023 at 11:16 AM AKDT|Updated: Jun. 1, 2023 at 3:59 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Anchorage police are searching for a missing hiker who was last heard from on Tuesday afternoon, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page.

Juan Toscano, 28, was reported as missing to Anchorage police on Wednesday.

Juan Toscano
Juan Toscano(Anchorage Police Department)

Police said Toscano was last heard from by family members around 3 p.m. Tuesday, when he said he was going for a hike at the Basher Trailhead.

Police discovered his van at the trailhead on Wednesday.

Toscano’s last known location was possibly around Campbell Creek Gorge, police said. Searchers are using dogs, drones, and other means to try and locate him but no sign of Toscano was found by Thursday afternoon.

Friends say Toscano was an experienced hiker who knew the area but rarely hiked alone. They’re asking anyone who may have spoken to him recently or knew of his plans to call police.

Toscano is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs about 195 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes, police said. It is not known what he was wearing when he went on the hike.

Anyone with information on Toscano’s whereabouts is asked to call 311, option 1, or 907-786-8900, option 0.