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Missing Men in Ketchikan

By Irene Anderson


February 23, 2016
Tuesday AM

Dear Editor,

I am a family member of one of Ketchikan's Missing Men, his name is Roy V Banhart and he has been missing since 12/30/14. I am very concerned about the Ketchikan community due to all the missing men that have not been accounted for. In addition to Roy (he would be 40 years old in April), there is Gary Hamilton, 69 years of age, almost blind. Mr. Hamilton was last seen on 11/13/15 at a bank (prev known to be beaten and robbed), Justin Nathan a 20 year old young man that did not make it down from Deer Mountain he ws last seen on 11/11/15. I found a post from a former family member (Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad) from Nov 2015 asking why the Alaska State Troopers would not answer their phone/return calls as that former family member had contacted the Juneau Coast Guard from what I read, it appeared that they were ready and willing to assist in the search for Mr. Nathan (helicopters,etc). Also missing is Thomas Booth, a 30 year old father of 2 children (4 months old and 10 yrs old. Mr. Booth was last seen on 1/2/16 at Safeway buying diapers. And, Angeline Dundas was found in the water in July 2015. She was a young mother.

I have requested assistance from the FBI.They said they need to have the Ketchikan Police Department request that. The Police Chief sent my sister a message a few days ago saying he talked to the FBI and there is no sign(s) of foul play, so they are not needed.

Someone had said within the past 2 weeks that 2 bodies were found (1 on Deer Mountain Trail and 1 at the Dump). After I read about that, I contacted the KPD and AST to confirm and they both said no bodies were found. I am wondering due to the Public Prayer Vigil that was held on 1/28/16 and the recent Silent Prayer Walk on 2/20/16, if rumors are taking place that might be clues vs rumors. Maybe someone that knows something is responsible for the rumor and is hoping that someone will do something with the information (find a body(ies).

I submitted an e-message to be a part of the recent Ketchikan City Council Meeting and when I watched the video of the meeting, I did not hear it acknowledged. Why does it feel like these men and this young woman are not worthy of proper investigations? Any resource I sought assistance from (Ketchikan Search and Rescue, Alaska State Troopers, Coast Guard, Forest Service/etc) were all met with the same response...(FBI too). KPD needs to request the assistance. I have no doubt in my mind if any of these people were a City Council member, Police Officer, etc, that full blown searches would have taken place & all resources would have been used.

My aunt is deeply saddened by the loss of her only son. Gary Hamilton's only surviving sister is heartbroken about her brother; feels that the KPD does not care enough to do a thorough investigation. She is now suffering with health issues. Thomas Booth has 2 small children, the 10 year old is obviously impacted and old enough to know something is really bad/wrong with his Dad not coming home. Justin Nathan's mother is planning to get training from REI so she can repel down Deer Mountain herself looking for her son.

Someone has to know something about at least about 1 out of 5 people.

Thank you.

Irene Anderson
Kirkland, Washington

About: "I am a cousin to Roy Banhart who has been missing since 12/30/14. I am also a concerned human being about there being 3 other missing men there. I am sad and frustrated re: what appears to be too little being done to locate the Missing."

Received February 03, 2016 - Published February 23, 2016

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