ANCHORAGE -

Volunteers are continuing to look for a 4-year-old Kotlik boy last seen more than two weeks ago, despite the suspension of official search efforts by Alaska State Troopers.

AST spokesperson Megan Peters says an extensive effort which ended Saturday didn’t turn up any sign of Terrell Hunt, who hasn’t been seen since he was last reported playing with a friend May 21. As many as 50 people were involved in the search at its peak, including crews checking the Kotlik River after unconfirmed reports that Hunt fell into the water there.

While Peters says AST welcomes any additional information on Hunt’s possible whereabouts, she says the official involvement in the search -- including air searches by an Alaska Wildlife Troopers aircraft and dragging operations by river crews -- had continued for more than a week.

“You can’t keep throwing resources at something with no results,” Peters said. “People might be out there looking, but our search -- if there’s people out searching at this point, it’s not trooper-related.”

The search for Hunt has been taken up by Bethel Search and Rescue, one of the volunteer groups initially involved in efforts to find him. As of Thursday afternoon, Mike Riley with Bethel Search and Rescue says the search area has expanded and crews are working to cover it.

“The search for the boy is still ongoing,” Riley said. “It’s a line search, and they’re going out to the coast.”

Five volunteers from Marshall and Kotlik are currently involved in the search, as well as another three people from Bethel. Riley says search coordinators are hoping for an update Thursday evening.