October 08, 2004
Pat Koenig Flesuras, sister of missing fisherman Lloyd Koenig, says, "Of course we still believe that they could be found. They had all the food for the lodge on the plane. These are ironworkers, used to working in harsh conditions, and most of these men were avid fishermen. At this point in time there has been no sighting of anything. Usually they will find something to indicate that the plane broke up in the water or in the trees, over the mountains."
The missing individuals, who departed from Sitka, Alaska, are Jim Murphy of Sequim, Washington; twin brother Joe Murphy of Bremerton, Washington; Jerry Balmer of Auburn, California, Lloyd Koenig of Pleasanton, California, and the pilot, Erik Johnson of Sitka, Alaska.
The search covers an area of several hundred miles, between Sitka and Baranof Warm Spring Bay, Alaska. Other searches examined the shoreline, nearby forest areas, Kruzof Island, Salisbury Sound, Chatham Strait, Peril Strait, Takatz Bay, Point Elizabeth, Rodman Bay, and Ushk Bay to Hoonah Sound.
To continue their efforts, the families need to pay for gasoline to help the volunteers in their search. They ask that donations be sent to:
Pat Koenig Flesuras of Vacaville, California notes that any unused monies will be set aside for the needs of other families in future similar situations.