No search efforts for missing family Wednesday

For the first time since the hunt for the missing Kenai family of four began, no police-coordinated ground search took place Wednesday.

After five days, the specialized canine scent detection team brought in from out of state concluded their search efforts with no success. An aerial search around the missing family’s apartment on California Avenue did not reveal their location, according to a press release from the Kenai Police Department Wednesday.

Kenai Police Chief Gus Sandahl said the missing persons case remains the highest priority of his department. He said officers continue to work diligently with agents from the Anchorage office of the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

Sandahl said the investigation has not revealed if Brandon Jividen, 37, or Rebecca Adams, 22, may have had access to alternative transportation. The black Chevy Colorado pickup owned by Jividen was left at the residence and has since been impounded by police.

Adams was last seen with her daughters Michelle Hundley, 5, and Jaracca Hundley at a Kenai business the morning or May 25, Sandahl said.

Investigators did not find any sign of forced entry into their apartment when officers responded to a welfare check on May 31, Sandahl said. The door to their apartment was locked and inside there did not appear to be any signs of a struggle or foul play, he said.

Kenai police have indicated Jividen has been known to venture into the Alaskan outdoors, based on general information they have gathered. Sandahl said they do not have any specific information to conclude if the family is located in any remote wilderness areas.

Sandahl said the police and FBI remain committed to the search effort and continue to ask the public if they have seen, heard or have information that may help with the investigation to call the Kenai Police Department at 907-283-7879.

 

Reach Dan Balmer at daniel.balmer@peninsulaclarion.com

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