A search is underway for missing man in Willow

Published: Jun. 28, 2019 at 6:26 AM AKDT
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Alaska State Troopers are searching for a man who went missing in near Willow Creek State Recreational Area.

AST says a family member reported William “Bill” Hartlage, age 76 from Louisville, Kentucky, missing when he didn’t return from fly fishing on Willow Creek at the Susitna River Thursday.

Troopers say two boat crews and an RCC helicopter crew searched from the north on Susitna River from Deshka Landing and east along Willow Creek.

The first search didn’t turn up anything.

AST says right now, MAT-SAR is currently mobilizing a ground search with the help of State Troopers, State Park Rangers and AST Helo 3.

    Here are some details about Hartlage:
  • Hartlage is 6’2”
  • 160 lbs. with grey hair and beard
  • He was last seen wearing a brown baseball cap with a yellow/pink fly-fishing lure attached
  • Hartlage may have worn a large round boonie hat for sun protection

Anyone fishing in the area of Willow Creek on 6/27/19, with information regarding Hartlage, is encouraged to contact Alaska State Troopers at (907) 745-2131.

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