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Palmer man missing on hunting trip

Posted: Friday, November 03, 2000

PALMER (AP) -- Searchers on Thursday failed to find a Palmer man missing on a hunting trip.

Alfred Kochendorfer, 49, was reported missing Tuesday. He had left Oct. 27 for a hunting trip near the face of the Knik Glacier and was expected to return in three or four days.

Kochendorfer left his home on an all-terrain vehicle and had plenty of supplies, including extra gas tanks and cold weather gear. He also carried a gray dome tent.

Troopers searched the area by helicopter Wednesday and Thursday. Five pairs of volunteers on ATVs and volunteers in two fixed-wing aircraft took part in the search Thursday.

Kochendorfer's wife said her husband is familiar with the area and has hunted there before.

Kochendorfer is a white male, five foot eight inches tall, weighing approximately 170 pounds. He has brown hair, a brown beard, and hazel eyes.

Trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson said rescue volunteers were considering searching with a helicopter equipped with an infrared camera Thursday night.

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