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Search Underway for
Missing Sitka Man


April 07, 2016
Thursday PM

(SitNews) Sitka, Alaska - The Coast Guard, Sitka Police Department and Sitka Fire Department are searching for Jesse Mills, age 40, reported missing in Sitka Thursday.

The man's wife first reported him missing to the Coast Guard 17th District command center after he left home Wednesday night and did not return. The Mills' kayak is also missing, prompting his wife to believe he may have gone kayaking.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau assumed control of the case and requested the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Liberty and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Sitka to begin a search for the man. A Sitka Fire Department boat, Sitka Police and good Samaritans are also involved in the search.

Searchers conducted a search of Sitka Sound and shoreline vicinity throughout the day. Search operations will be on-going throughout the night according to the Alaska State Troopers.

"The Coast Guard and Sitka Police and Fire personnel are working diligently to find this man," said Lt. Jennifer Ferreira, a Sector Juneau command duty officer. "We appreciate the assistance of the good Samaritans in our search efforts, and anyone with information that may assist with the search is encouraged to call the Sector Juneau command center at 907-463-2980."

Mills was last seen wearing black Carhart pants, with a black hoody. He is a white male, 6’2”, 180lbs, with brown hair. His kayak is lime green and white in color. Any persons who may have seen Mr. Mills’ or a kayak matching this description are asked to call Trooper dispatch at 907-225-5118.




Edited by Mary Kauffman, SitNews


Source of News:

Alaska Department of Public Safety



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