ANCHORAGE -

A new day in the Willow Creek search for a 71-year-old Missouri man brought a new tactic Thursday, with searchers shifting to more distant areas than those checked earlier this week.

In a Thursday email, Alaska State Troopers spokesperson Beth Ipsen says troopers and volunteers have been searching for Jerry Warner since 9 a.m., with support from an array of vehicles. Facebook rumors that the search had been called off Wednesday were inaccurate, with the Mat-Su Borough dive team leaving but other searchers continuing their efforts.

“Helo-3 is being utilized to get searchers into locations further out and difficult to access by walking,” Ipsen wrote. “Several searchers from the (National) Park Service and Fairbanks area groups will be assisting with search efforts today. The main focus of the search today is in areas of probability looking for him or any clues in the area.”

Warner hasn’t been seen since Sunday morning, when he left a recreational vehicle at the Willow Creek Resort to go fishing alone, wearing waders but carrying little if any food and neither a cellphone nor any sort of weapon.

Six troopers, including four Alaska Wildlife Troopers riding all-terrain vehicles and four Palmer-area Alaska State Troopers, are also participating in Thursday’s search efforts.

Ipsen says searchers’ primary focus Thursday is land in the Willow Creek corridor.