Volunteers continue search for missing kayaker

Posted: Tuesday, February 11, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers and the Coast Guard have ended their search for a woman missing in a kayak near Seward, but local volunteers continued to look for her Monday.

Kristin Snyder, 35, was last seen Thursday at her Anchorage home. She was reported missing Friday.

Troopers found her Toyota pickup parked at Miller's Landing in Seward. A kayak was missing from a nearby campground, kayak and boat rental business.

Troopers said a note was found inside the truck. The note stopped short of saying Snyder was going to kill herself, but said no one should search for her, according to Trooper Paul Randall.

Randall said friends reported that Snyder seemed depressed over the past few days, and had become irrational and suicidal.

A ground search was conducted Friday near Lowell Point and was expanded on Saturday to include the coastline of Caines Head on the west side of Resurrection Bay. Volunteers from Seward and Anchorage searched the area near Caines Head.

The search broadened Sunday with planes cruising the inner bay close to Seward. The Coast Guard and troopers searched the southern end of the bay.

''We have not found anything,'' Randall said.

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