UPDATE: Search of creek shows no signs of missing Texas man

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ANCHORAGE, AK (KTUU)

UPDATED Tuesday, August 9:
A week after a Texas man's disappearance in Girdwood, Alaska State Troopers were using a jet ski-like watercraft to search Glacier Creek.

Tim DeSpain with Alaska State Troopers said multiple passes on the creek, from the bridge up to the hand tram, showed no signs of Bradford Broach.

The search was done with an AlumaSki, which is an aluminum watercraft similar to a jet ski or Waverunner.

DeSpain said a DPS helicopter was also used in the search Tuesday, and that the search would continue on Wednesday if the weather permits.

UPDATE Sunday, August 7:
The search has widened for a Texas man last known to be heading for a hike on the Winner Creek Trail near the Alyeska Resort in Girdwood.

More than 110 volunteers, including 10 dog teams, have been searching for 46-year-old Bradford Broach.

Alaska State Trooper Sgt. Michael Zweifel says searchers have found, "items of interest" both on and off the trail. Those items are footprints, cough drop wrappers, and food packaging, but they haven't been able to link them directly to Broach because of the trail's popularity.

Zweifel says search conditions have been difficult, especially for dog teams, because of a lack of wind. He says the breeze usually brings scents to the dogs, but with little wind, the dogs have had a harder time finding a track.

Troopers say Broach was seen signing in at the Winner Creek trail system around 9:45 p.m. that day after he had hiked the North Face trail and rode the tram down.

Troopers say his phone signal was strong at 10:32 p.m. that night, but that's the last evidence they have of him.

ORIGINAL STORY Thursday, August 4:
Searchers are looking for a Texas man who hasn't been heard from since Tuesday, August 2.

Troopers say Bradford Broach, 46, had stayed at the Alyeska Resort Hotel in Girdwood. Broach's belongings and rental car were located at the resort.

Family reported that Broach hasn't been heard from since Tuesday. He was supposed to arrive home in Allen, Texas on August 4th but failed to board his flight home at the Fairbanks Airport.

According to Troopers Broach was last seen on Tuesday heading out for a hike on the Winner Creek Trailhead near the base of the tram at Alyeska Resort.

Alaska Search and Rescue Dogs and the Alaska Mountain Rescue Group are assisting Troopers in the search for Broach and are currently searching the Winner Creek Trail area.


Brad Broach, 46 of Allen, Texas missing in Alaska From Alaska State Troopers
Brad Broach, 46 of Allen, Texas missing in Alaska From Alaska State Troopers


 
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