Troopers, volunteers search for missing 18-year-old in Shageluk

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SHAGELUK, Alaska (KTUU) - The search for a missing 18-year-old man in Shageluk entered its sixth day on Tuesday, with troopers, search & rescue teams and volunteers from several villages joining the effort to find him.

Alfred Hamilton, 18, was last seen at around midnight on Sept. 7 when he had been drinking alcohol with some friends at the village’s new tribal hall, Alaska State Troopers wrote in a dispatch online. He refused to return home and so his friend left him sleeping on a bench outside the building, troopers say.

Alfred was reported missing to troopers in Aniak at around 9:40 a.m. on Sept. 8. Community members had reportedly searched the entire village but had not been able to find him.

Troopers say Hamilton’s cell phone was active until 11:30 p.m. on the night of Sept. 7 and the last call made on the device was to his father about 24 hours prior.

“Searchers with Bethel Search and Rescue are continuing to coordinate search efforts in and around Shageluk,” troopers wrote. “Numerous volunteers from Grayling, Holy Cross, and Shageluk are actively participating in the search.”

Two search and rescue dogs with MATSAR were also sent to assist with the search effort over the weekend. Troopers have conducted aerial searches over Shageluk and the surrounding areas.

As of Tuesday morning, Hamilton had still not been found, according to AST spokeswoman Megan Peters.

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