Coast Guard, searchers hunt for missing Angoon hunter

Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2002

KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Searchers looking for a missing hunter near Admiralty Island's Mitchell Bay found an overturned canoe and a pair of shoes on Monday.

Walter Jack Jr., 21, of Angoon, was reported missing on Sunday after he left a campsite at Salt Lake near the bay with his rifle and a flashlight.

Searchers found an overturned canoe adrift above an area known as The Falls and found Jack's shoes at two different locations on the shoreline on Monday, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Doug Green.

Jack was camping with two friends at Salt Lake on Saturday night and planned to hunt the next day, Alaska State Troopers said in a statement. His two partners, identified as Matthew See and J.P. Silva, awoke at about 5 a.m. Sunday and found him gone, troopers said.

Jack is an experienced outdoorsman, but it is unknown what gear and provisions he was carrying at the time, troopers said.

Jack is the son of Walter Jack Sr., coordinator for Angoon Search and Rescue. About 14 people were conducting a ground search for the younger Jack on Monday aided by a Coast Guard helicopter and five boats from Angoon Search and Rescue.

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