Search continues for missing hiker

Posted: Thursday, September 28, 2000

SKAGWAY (AP) -- Searchers looking for a missing Canadian hiker who left a Skagway hostel Tuesday without overnight gear found no sign of him Thursday.

Gregg Wilkinson, a spokesman for the Alaska State Troopers, said 35 people, including four dog teams, were searching the area for Charles Gay, 28, of Montrose, British Columbia.

''We have found no indication of him on the trail, no one who has seen him on the trail, no sign of him in Haines or Skagway,'' Wilkinson said.

Gay, a geologist, said he was headed to Upper Dewey Lakes to look at rocks, hostel manager Nancy Schave told the Anchorage Daily News.

When no one at the hostel had heard from him by Wednesday morning, Schave reported him overdue.

The 2.8-mile trail to Upper Dewey Lakes begins at sea level and climbs steeply above tree line to 4,500 feet.

Gay did not appear to have overnight gear, Skagway Fire Chief Martin Beckner said. He was reportedly wearing long pants and a jacket, but left his backpack, sleeping bag and luggage at the hostel.

Troopers said Gay's family told them he is an avid outdoorsman who is somewhat familiar with the area. The search was to resume Friday.

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