A Homer man is missing after going camping and fishing near Cooper Landing.
Michael Crawford, 39, was last heard from on Wednesday, April 22. According to Alaska State Troopers, he had been camping and recreating in the area of Hidden Creek Trail, which is off Skilak Lake Road between Sterling and Cooper Landing. His backpack, fishing poles and dog were found on the trail by a passing hiker the next day, April 23.
Crawford is 6 feet tall, 215 pounds wth brown hair and brown eyes, according to a missing person bulletin put out by the troopers. His direction of travel and last known clothing description are unknown.
Crawford’s truck was located by troopers at the Hidden Creek trailhead, said Public Information Officer Tim DeSpain in an email. Crawford had been camping with his girlfriend in her camper, and the camper was found at the Lower Skilak Lake Campground, DeSpain said.
“They were both camping there and she left to return to work,” he wrote. “He (Crawford) stayed behind to camp and fish.”
The items belonging to Crawford were located at the mouth of the Kenai River and upper end of Skilak Lake, DeSpain said.
Crawford was not found with either his truck or the camper, according to an online trooper dispatch report. A coordinated search including U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officers, Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Alaska State Park rangers, Alaska Dive Rescue Team members and Crawford’s family and friends began on Friday, April 24. He has not been found yet.
The search includes the use of an aircraft from the Alaska Wildlife Troopers and a helicopter from the Alaska State Troopers, according to the dispatch report.
DeSpain said there are ways the public can help in this effort.
“The public can keep a watchful eye open while recreating in that area for any signs of Crawford,” he wrote. “Further searching of the lake for Michael Crawford will continue as the ice clears.”
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