Troopers suspend search for missing hunter

Posted: Friday, August 23, 2002

KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers said Friday they have suspended the search for an Angoon hunter who disappeared last week on Admiralty Island.

Walter Jack Jr., 21, was reported missing Sunday after he left a campsite at Salt Lake near Mitchell Bay. Two hunters with him said they awoke at 5 a.m. and he was gone.

Jack took his rifle, a flashlight and a sweat shirt with him. Searchers later found an overturned canoe adrift in the water. The sweat shirt and Jack's shoes were found along the shoreline in separate locations.

Troopers from Haines decided to suspend their involvement in the search but will reactivate if any new leads develop, said spokesman Greg Wilkinson.

Jack is the son of Walter Jack Sr., coordinator for Angoon Search and Rescue. Troopers had been assisted in the effort by Angoon Search and Rescue, the Coast Guard and divers.

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