Alaska State Troopers say search efforts continued Monday for two snowmachiners last seen more than five days ago, with poor conditions still hindering attempts to locate them.
According to AST spokesperson Megan Peters, all air assets in the search for Noorvik resident Shallain Adams, 23, and 32-year-old Clifford Griest of Selawik were grounded Monday by bad weather.
“We’ve got dedicated ground searchers and their efforts have been quite frankly heroic, but there haven’t been any confirmed signs of them,” Peters said.
While efforts to find the two are continuing, Peters says authorities are concerned about placing searchers themselves into hazardous conditions.
Adams and Griest were last seen leaving Kotzebue early Wednesday morning, riding a black Polaris IQ snowmachine en route to Selawik. Although more than 70 searchers from at least six communities in the region have been involved in efforts to find them, with Alaska Air National Guard flights Thursday and Friday in support, nothing has yet been found.
Beth Ipsen, another AST spokesperson, told Channel 2 over the weekend that other flights, including that of an Alaska Wildlife Trooper planned to assist the search, had also been grounded by the poor conditions.
Troopers say the Northwest Arctic Borough is coordinating the ground search.
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