Search called off for missing hiker

Posted: Tuesday, October 03, 2000

SKAGWAY (AP) -- The search for a hiker missing almost a week has been called off, Alaska State Troopers said Monday.

Charles Gay, 28, of Montrose, British Columbia, left a Skagway hostel last Tuesday. Gay, who is a geologist, told the hostel manager he was heading to Upper Dewey Lakes to look for rocks. When no one from the hostel had heard from him by Wednesday morning, the manager reported Gay overdue.

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

The search was called off Sunday after five days of looking. Rescue teams, search dogs and dozens of volunteers failed to turn up any trace of Gay. Troopers don't think Gay had overnight gear with him.

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