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.