Family, friends search for missing man

Staff turnover nears 9 percent

Posted: Wednesday, June 08, 2005

ANCHORAGE (AP) — An Anchorage developer missing for a week is the subject of a search by family and friends.

Tom Cody, 35, an avid hiker, was last seen June 1 by a neighbor. His mother, Nada Mortenson, on Saturday flew from her home near Minneapolis to assist in a search. Police said they have little to go on to solve Cody's disappearance.

''The starting point is the vehicle,'' Mortenson said. ''It's the linchpin to finding Tom.''

The missing sport utility vehicle, a loaner from a friend, has the license plate ELV647.

Police do not know if Cody was hurt hiking, if he suddenly decided to get away without telling anyone or if something sinister happened.

Friends and family said Cody always stays in touch, calling them almost every day.

Cody is 5 foot 10 inches, about 200 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes.

He grew up in Minnesota, loves the outdoors and was drawn to Alaska about a decade ago after serving as a Navy medic assigned to the Marines during the Persian Gulf War, his mother said.

He tried lots of different jobs, she said. He ran a hotel shuttle service catering to out-of-town climbers headed to Talkeetna. He owned a juice bar in Talkeetna, worked as a carpenter and worked in asbestos removal.

With a business partner, Joe Bryant, Cody owns 29 acres at Muldoon and DeBarr roads, the edge of the Muldoon town center project.

A deal involving that property was coming together as Cody disappeared. The city of Anchorage has offered to buy 12 acres of their property for the appraised value, which recently came to $1.3 million, said Robin Ward, the municipality's real estate director. Last week, a business associate of the two, Don Smith, picked up a draft contract for the sale, Ward said.

Cody did not attend a planned meeting Thursday morning about the sale, Smith said.

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Information from: Anchorage Daily News, http://www.adn.com



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