Third day of searching begins for Anchorage hunter missing near Eureka

Published: Sep. 9, 2016 at 8:53 AM AKDT
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Search teams are continuing efforts on Friday to locate and rescue an Anchorage hunter who became lost in the mountains near Eureka Lodge on Wednesday.

Alaska State Troopers say 35-year-old Kevin Knoll was on a solo caribou hunting trip in the Eureka area when his Polaris four-wheeler became stuck in the mud on Wednesday morning. Knoll abandoned the vehicle and walked several miles south before contacting a friend for help.

“Knoll said he was out of water and in need of rescue,” troopers wrote in a dispatch posted online.

Knoll’s friend contacted troopers just after 1 p.m., and said the missing hunter was likely in the area of Horse Pasture Pass, about 20-30 miles northwest of Eureka Lodge. Aircraft from the Rescue Coordination Center were dispatched to the area and began an aerial search for Knoll at around 7:20 p.m.

State and wildlife troopers based in Glennallen were sent to the Eureka area along with an AST helicopter to assist with continued aerial and ground searches on Thursday morning. Members of Knoll’s family and friend also arrived in the area to assist with the search.

Just before 5 p.m. search teams located Knoll’s abandoned four-wheeler near the Little Nelchina River, about 13 miles north of the Eureka Lodge. Crews continued looking until 7:30 p.m. yesterday evening, but were unable to find the missing hunter.

The search effort is ongoing and will continue Friday, troopers say.