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Teller men missing since Tuesday as bad weather continues on Seward Peninsula

  • Author: Zaz Hollander
  • Updated: February 28
  • Published February 28

Nome and the Seward Peninsula beyond, on March 13, 2018. (Loren Holmes / ADN)

Two men set out from Teller for Nome at noon Monday but never arrived and remain missing, Alaska State Troopers said.

David Miller, 38, and Rex Iyatunguk, 37, were traveling together on a blue Polaris 550 snowmachine, troopers said in a dispatch Thursday. They were reported overdue overnight Monday into Tuesday, but bad weather prevented search teams from starting to look for them until noon Tuesday.

Nome search and rescue encountered windy, whiteout conditions on the trail but managed to check shelter cabins along the route, troopers said, before deteriorating weather forced them to head back to Nome.

The trip typically takes two to three hours by snowmachine, according to troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters.

Warning of more snow and winds gusting up to 40 mph, the National Weather Service on Thursday issued a winter weather advisory from Thursday evening through Friday evening for the southern Seward Peninsula coast including Nome. The agency issued a separate weather statement issued for coastal flooding caused by Bering Sea storms.

Nome search and rescue and Teller volunteers continued to look for the men Thursday, Peters said.

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