Search called off for missing man

Posted: Friday, September 23, 2005

Alaska State Troopers suspended a four-day search for a missing Elkhorn, Wis., man at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Doug Betts, 33, remained lost as of Wednesday afternoon.

Betts was reported missing about 11 p.m. Sept. 14, from a Kilcher Road farm where he was working. He is 5-feet 11-inches tall, with hazel eyes, short blond hair and weighs 160 pounds.

Troopers in two helicopters, Homer Volunteer Fire Department firefighters, local volunteers and teams from the Alaska Mountain Rescue Group and the Alaska Search and Rescue Dogs searched the rugged area about 10 miles out East End Road, including the beach from McNeil Canyon to Stone Steps Lake.

“They found plenty of bears, plenty of moose, horses and cows — no missing person,” said HFVD Chief Bob Painter.

“We did everything we possibly could in a very large area with a lot of dense woods,” said Sgt. Tom Dunn of the Anchor Point trooper post.

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