UPDATE: Search efforts continue for missing Nome man

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Published: Jun. 28, 2016 at 3:51 PM AKDT
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THURSDAY 7 :10 a.m. UPDATE:

The search for a missing Nome man, Joseph Balderas, will continue on Thursday, according to Alaska state troopers.

Multiple air assets including U.S. Coast Guard, National Park Service, chartered aircraft and a private fixed wing were used on Wednesday.

Although the U.S. Coast Guard has discontinued its search, various search efforts will continue Thursday.

Nearly two dozen ground searchers used ATVs and walked the search area on Wednesday. Three dog teams from Fairbanks PAWS deployed to the area. There was some indication, however, the scent was quickly lost, troopers said.

The search will continue Thursday without the use of the chartered helicopter, troopers said in a dispatch.

Balderas, 36, was reported missing at around 9:30 a.m. Monday after he failed to show up for work.

“His vehicle was located at mile 44 of the Nome-Council Highway where it is believed Balderas was hiking and mountain running,” troopers wrote. “Troopers responded to the vehicle and could not locate Balderas in the immediate area.”

UPDATE:

An extensive effort to find missing Nome resident Joseph Balderas was unsuccessful Tuesday and the search will resume today, according to Alaska state troopers.

Nearly two dozen ground searchers had joined Coast Guard, National Park Service and private and chartered aircraft Monday. Search dog teams from Fairbanks are expected to arrive mid-day today.

ORIGINAL POST:

The search for a missing Nome man entered its second day on Tuesday with multiple ATVs from the Nome Volunteer Fire Department and aircraft from Alaska Wildlife Troopers and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Troopers say 36-year-old Joseph Balderas was reported missing at around 9:30 a.m. Monday after he failed to show up for work.

“His vehicle was located at mile 44 of the Nome-Council Highway where it is believed Balderas was hiking and mountain running,” troopers wrote in an online dispatch. “Troopers responded to the vehicle and could not locate Balderas in the immediate area.”

A wildlife trooper super cub plane was sent to conduct an aerial search for Balderas along with a chartered R44 helicopter, troopers say. A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter was redirected from a training mission in Kotzebue and joined the search effort on Tuesday. Three people have volunteered as spotters aboard the helicopters, troopers say.