ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Authorities and co-workers are baffled by the disappearance of a fish processing worker over the weekend.
Curtiss Weller, 27, was last seen Friday. He finished his night shift on the cod slime line at a floating processor at the False Pass harbor, visited with co-workers and then went to the company bunkhouse about a quarter of a mile inland.
When he didn't show up for his 10 a.m. shift Saturday with Bering Pacific Seafoods, the village public safety officer was notified.
The Alaska State Troopers organized a communitywide search with 50 volunteers, but found no signs of Weller in the face of 50 mile an hour gusts that hammered the village with blowing snow and whiteouts.
''We scoured the town, going building to building,'' said Bob Shaffer, the village public safety officer for False Pass. ''We've done the best we could with the weather. Sometimes you can't see somebody right in front of you.''
A U.S. Cost Guard cutter on Sunday began searching the waters off False Pass. A ground search was to resume Monday.
Weller had identification with an Oregon address, but Alaska state records indicate he also had lived in Anchorage, Fairbanks, North Pole and Sterling.
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