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Lead found in search for Nikiski man

Posted: June 3, 2011 - 8:28am
Jack Conright  Alaska State Troopers
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Jack Conright

A search and rescue team found a potential lead Wednesday evening regarding the recent disappearance of a Nikiski man.

An independent search team organized by the Nikiski fire department found a single mountain bike track located on the pipeline trail that ends at the Swanson River.

Jack Conright, 49, possibly left his home riding a mountain bike when he disappeared in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 28.

The search squad followed the track down the pipeline trail and into the swampy area surrounding the river. Footprints and tire tread marks were located, indicating the bike had been pushed through the marsh area.

“This is as good as anything we’ve gotten so far,” said Fire Chief James Baisden. “Our hopes are up.”

The 20-person team, composed of Nikiski firefighters and community members, along with a 10-person team provided by the Department of Forestry is canvassing the area for Conright or any other evidence pointing to where he might be.

A helicopter provided by XTO Energy conducted  an aerial search Thursday.

Alaska State Troopers called off their active search Wednesday after no new leads surfaced.

Trooper Spokesperson Megan Peters said at this time troopers do not have enough information to warrant a reopening of the search.

“Just because they find a bike track doesn’t necessarily mean it’s related,” she said.

Anyone with information on Conright’s whereabouts is urged to contact law enforcement personnel.

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thedaisychick
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thedaisychick 06/03/11 - 09:49 am
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Why no picture?

Why is there no picture of Jack included in either of the articles that you've run? I'm sure there's one in the hard copy, but adding one here is just as valid. We need as many people as possible to know what he looks like in case someone has seen him. Please add one to the page!

And to the troopers, all I can say is thanks for looking right near the house only -- where he was sure NOT to be.

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lohp75 06/03/11 - 10:06 am
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Picture of Jack

I agree with the Daisy Chick, there should be a recent picture of Jack with the article about him missing. How about an interview with his wife? If it was my husband missing, I'd be the loudest voice on the Peninsula! Interviews, flyers and trying to get attention via the news stations too. We are praying for his safe return....

k9kujoe
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k9kujoe 06/04/11 - 04:09 pm
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Jack

When the troopers took the missing person report from his wife on 5/28 and searched around the home area and left. Who conducted the on going non official search? Who conducted the lake dives? Who provided the information to "KSRM radio to get the information out that Jack was missing? Who provided the Peninsula Clarion with Jack's photo and information that he was missing? Who printed and hung flyers all around the peninsula? Was there ever a official S.A.R done from air to ground combing the area? Why did AST wait to announce and comment about a missing man until the public told the media?

thedaisychick
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thedaisychick 06/03/11 - 12:05 pm
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Thank you

To The Clarion, thank you for adding the picture. Every little bit helps.

To lohop75: what else can be said? He's missing, we don't know what direction to go and as k9kujoe said, fliers have been distributed.

What we really need is to find someone that has seen him. We need a solid lead -- one that doesn't go cold.

k9kujoe
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k9kujoe 06/03/11 - 01:44 pm
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Jack Photo

I agree with you on a solid lead! Wow I noticed Jack's photo say's State Trooper's under it...Did that come from there data base "NO" IMO the troopers are still sitting in there chairs making excuses for not launching a official S.A.R immediately so all departments and resources volunteers friends family could have been involved right from the get go! I hope we get a lead or someone will spot him and Jack will returned home safe and sound.

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akdave 06/04/11 - 01:34 pm
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Jack

The state troopers we have here are politically motivated, not criminally motivated. Unless there's some kind of high profile kudos in it for them, don't count on their help. My neighbors smoke meth on their front porch, they deal drugs from the house, the troopers don't care because it's "just" more dopers. I pray that Jack is found alive, I really do. I just don't think it'll be trooper involvement that'll find him... BTW, has anyone approached our local National Guard boys in Kenai? They do this kind of work on a moment's notice.

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5225's-lil-sis 06/04/11 - 09:01 pm
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Jack

We're very grateful to the Nikiski Fire Dept and the independent search team who have not given up and are remaining hopeful. Our heartfelt thanks go out to all of these volunteers. I agree that the National Guard in Kenai should be involved, the more people out looking for him the sooner he can be home safe & sound with his loved one's who miss him terribly. BTW- Jack is the grandson of Jack Dudley Conright who was a legislator for the Territory of Alaska 1949 Extraordinary session House of Representatives, 19th session,(http://vilda.alaska.edu/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/cdmg21&CISOPTR=75...) as well as for the 20th Territorial Legislature, House of Representatives, Juneau, Alaska, Jan., 1951.(http://vilda.alaska.edu/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/cdmg21&CISOPTR=10...). Jack's family & history is very deeply rooted in the state of Alaska.

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