Alaska woman missing for almost a week; search for her expands

Published: Oct. 10, 2018 at 8:53 AM AKDT
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Search efforts were ramping up Wednesday after a woman had been missing for nearly a week in the Alaska community of Fort Yukon.

Lorraine Ginnis, 62, of Fort Yukon, was last seen in the area on October 4 at around 5 p.m., walking near her home on Spruce Street. After that, authorities say, no one knows what happened to her.

Ginnis was last seen wearing a purple jacket and a red hoodie. She's 5'6" tall and 120 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

According to Sean Martinez, acting chief in Fort Yukon, "We have like 30 to 40 volunteers every day. They are going out and we walked the whole community three times, I mean we went every section every grid."

"Yesterday we went 12 miles out of town, and we just covered it. In timbers that have never been walked before that is very overgrown its kind of hard to do," Martinez said. "But we pushed through because we want to bring Lorraine home."

Anyone with information of her whereabouts is being asked to contact authorities.

Channel 2's Kalinda Kindle contributed to this report.