UPDATE: Search and rescue personnel locate missing family

(Left) Johnathon Eyre, (Middle) Jaxson, (Right) Johnathon ‘LJ’. Photos from Alaska State Troopers


Eyre and his two sons were found alive by search and rescue personnel just before 7 p.m. Wednesday, Alaska State Troopers say.

According to an updated dispatch, they were located upstream from Nordale boat launch.

"All three were transported to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital to be checked out and treated for what are believed to be exposure-related issues," troopers wrote


A Fairbanks man and his two young sons have been missing since Saturday evening.

Alaska State Troopers say 28-year-old Johnathon Eyre, 7-year-old Johnathon ‘LJ’ and 4-year-old Jaxson were last known to be at their home on Chena Hot Springs Road. A family member reported them missing on Monday at around 12:40 p.m.

Troopers responded to the home Monday and on Tuesday conducted searches of the woods and river nearby but found no sign of Eyre and his sons. AST spokeswoman Megan Peters says the circumstances surrounding the disappearance are unknown at this time.

“We do not know what the circumstances are and we likely won’t know further details until they are found,” Peters told Channel 2 in an email. “As far as we know, no trip was planned and no one knows where they are.”

Troopers on Wednesday asked residents on Chena Hot Springs Road and the surrounding area to check their properties for any signs of the missing persons.

“Please be sure to check out buildings or any areas where a person could hide,” troopers said.

“Sometimes when people get lost, tired or cold they try to hole up and wait it out. Or, if a child got separated they could conceal themselves because they are afraid,” Peters said. “Essentially we are covering our bases and asking people help us by checking their property since we do not know where they are.”

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Eyre and his two sons is asked to immediately contact Fairbanks troopers at 451-5100.

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