SEWARD, Alaska — On Saturday night, Alaska State Troopers have called off the organized search efforts for missing Mount Marathon runner Michael LeMaitre.
AST met with the LeMaitre family at 9 p.m. Saturday to inform them about the decision. Troopers said all search efforts have failed to find any clues to indicate where LeMaitre may be or a direction of travel.
The Seward Fire Department says it will continue to search on its own, however, a specific part of the mountain on Sunday.
The 66-year old racer was reported missing at 9 p.m. Wednesday when he did not come back from the Mount Marathon race. Troopers said he was last seen by race officials about 200 feet from the top of the mountain, heading up, at about 6 p.m.
Members of the Alaska Mountain Rescue Group, Nordic Ski Patrol, Alaska Search and Rescue Dogs, Bear Creek Volunteer Fire Department, National Park Service, Seward residents and volunteers quickly joined the ground search. Searchers also looked for LeMaitre from the air.