Eagle River resident Stephen Gingrich was reported missing by neighbors. The Anchorage Police Department issued an announcement that they were beginning a search, and that Gingrich could possibly have been missing for up to two weeks.
Friends and neighbors quickly partnered up with Search and Rescue and APD officials to help. Both the Alaska State Troopers and the Seeking Alaska’s Missing Facebook page published flyers, which have been making their way around Facebook and in hard copies distributed in Anchorage, Eagle River, the Mat-Su Valley, Kodiak, and Fairbanks, among other places. (Click either to download the corresponding .pdf.)
After clearing the effort with authorities, friends organizing their efforts through the Stephen Gingrich Missing Facebook group have arranged a search party on Saturday, November 23 to canvas the trails and park around Eklutna Lake. Gingrich has been known to frequent those trails, and participants will be posting the above flyers along the trail, hoping that someone might have seen him or will be made more aware and keep an eye out for him.
Search Party for Stephen Gingrich
Saturday, November 23
Starts at 10 a.m.
Meeting at 38483 Eklutna Lake Rd
Contact: Josie Walker (907) 602-6893
DRESS WARM and come prepared to hike! Do not search by yourself. Everyone must have a search buddy. Volunteers are encouraged to bring staple guns and/or tape (if they have it) to help put up flyers.
[UPDATE] Due to unsafe road conditions, the search party planned for Saturday has been called off. We will post updated information if it is rescheduled.
Since his disappearance, media outlets across the state like the Anchorage Daily News, the Chugiak Eagle River Star, the Fairbanks Daily Newsminer, and the Kodiak Daily Mirror have published stories about Stephen Gingrich.
The search continues, and we haven’t given up hope that he will still be found. If you see someone matching Stephen’s description or believe you may have any information that may help determine his whereabouts, contact the Anchorage Police Department at (907) 786-8900.