Alaskan officials have stopped actively searching for a missing Three Lakes man who set out alone into the Northwest Alaska wilderness a couple of months ago.
Thomas Seibold, 31, a survivalist and staff member of the Teaching Drum Outdoor School in Three Lakes, was reported missing earlier this month after he missed his return flight home. He had been in Alaska since June.
Alaska state troopers ended their search for Seibold over the weekend after two weeks.
"They haven't closed the book," said Tamarack Song, director of the Teaching Drum Outdoor School. "They've just suspended the active part. Unless something new comes up, there's nothing to go on."
In the last two weeks, troopers found little evidence to give them an idea of Seibold's possible whereabouts. Song said a few days into the search, they spotted a circle with a diameter of approximately 14 feet etched into the gravel near the Ambler River, about 18 miles north of a cabin where Seibold had reportedly been staying.
Song said the etching appears to be a spiritual symbol, rather than a distress signal. However, that was the only clue uncovered during the search.
Song and other colleagues and friends of Seibold are continuing the search privately. Song said Sunday a tracker was looking for signs of Seibold from the ground and a bush pilot with three spotters was conducting a search from the air.
"It has to be done by the air," Song said. "The (Alaskan) country is so vast."
A fund through First National Bank of Eagle River has been set up for people to contribute money to in order to help with the search.
"We're still going as long as there is a ray of hope," Song said, though he noted the odds are low that Seibold is still alive.
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