Search continues for missing children in Napaskiak

Posted: Wednesday, October 24, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Searchers have continued to look for two small children missing since late Sunday afternoon in the Southwest Alaska village of Napaskiak.

The search Tuesday focused on the mostly frozen Kuskokwim River. That's where searchers believe Katya Evan, 4, and her brother, Jaden Evan, 3, vanished.

Greg Larson, a village police officer, said about two dozen people from Napaskiak and some nearby villages helped set nets in the water about a mile downriver from where the children were last seen. Napaskiak is near Bethel.

Searchers also dragged the river with hooks and took two search-and-rescue dogs from Kodiak out in boats.

The children were last seen between a row of houses and the east bank of the river. Searchers believe that tracks found near the river probably belong to the children.

Search efforts have involved planes as well as an Air National Guard helicopter with infrared heat sensors.

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