Two children missing from Napaskiak

Posted: Tuesday, October 23, 2001

BETHEL (AP) -- The search continued Monday for two toddlers missing from the village of Napaskiak.

Tadia Evan, 4, and her brother Jaden, 3, were last seen playing on a sandbar near the Kuskokwim River at about 5 p.m. Sunday, Alaska State Troopers said.

When their father, Max Evan, realized at about 6 p.m. that the children were missing a search was launched. Villagers went door to door and a state aircraft flew over the area but found no sign of the children.

An Army National Guard helicopter with equipped with infra-red equipment searched for three hours early Monday morning without success.

Shortly after dawn Monday, members of the Napaskiak search and rescue team began searching an open lead in the river ice near where the children were last seen.

Troopers, the Civil Air Patrol and Fish and Wildlife Protection officers were assisting with the search Monday.

Napaskiak is located about 7 miles southeast of Bethel.

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