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  1. #1
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    Jun 2005
    On the Third Coast

    AK - John Wipert, 60, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, June 2009

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    6 July 09

    Alaska State Troopers are looking for the caretaker of the Ptarmigan Lake Lodge in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.

    The Anchorage Daily News reports 60-year-old John Wipert may have attempted to take two horses from the lodge to Beaver Creek, about 35 miles away.

    The last contact with him was in mid-June.


    5 July 09

    Wipert is described as being 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 190 pounds.

    He has blue eyes and grey hair.

    Anyone who may have seen Wipert or a man with two horses in the area is asked to call troopers at 907-883-5111 or 907-451-5100.

    Troopers also ask that if anyone bought two horses from a man matching Wipert's description to call them.

    more at link


    "Don't forget the kangaroo!"

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Penn's woods
    No updates for John since original articles.

    I am under the impression he is still missing.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    up north

  4. #4
    Bumping for John, now missing over 2 years.

  5. #5
    Lost in the Last Frontier


    In the middle of June 2009, John Melvin Wipert was working as a caretaker at Ptarmigan Lake Lodge in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park when he disappeared with two of the lodge’s horses. He was unfamiliar with the area and is suspected to have been taking the horses to Beaver Creek.


    Wipert remains yet another unsolved Alaska mystery.


    Emerick, the Fandel children and Wipert are all just faces on flyers now. They circulate on the internet and local business bulletin boards with all the others who have vanished into the Last Frontier. All three are considered active investigations, and won’t go cold anytime soon. “Those are going to remain active, as far as being a missing person, until we are able to determine that that person has been found – dead or alive,” said Lieutenant Allen.

    More: http://www.ktva.com/home/outbound-xm...144048066.html

  6. #6
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    Apr 2013

    Sixty-year-old John Wipert was the caretaker for the Ptarmigan Lake Lodge on the northern edge of the park when he disappeared in June of 2009. He posted a note at the seasonal hunting operation, saying he'd gone to check on an unnamed cabin.

    "He left bacon in the sink thawing out," Striker Overly, a hunting guide from Tok, told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner...

    "Once the foliage and the leaves fall off the trees and clear the way, we'll probably put some planes back up in the air and see if we can see anything that way," Megan Peters, spokeswoman for the Alaska State Troopers, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation on July 13, and that was the end of it.

  7. #7
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    Apr 2013

  8. #8
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    May 2013
    60-year-old John Wipert who in 2009 disappeared,was the caretaker for the remote Ptarmigan Lake Lodge on an in-holding in the Wrangell Park. In June, he left a note at the lodge saying he planned to go check on a nearby cabin.

    “He left bacon in the sink thawing out,” a hunting guide from Tok said. “It was like he was planning on coming back.”

    Wipert appeared to have taken a couple of horses with him when he left. Searchers scoured the known routes for horses for 35 miles west to the deserted mining camp of Chisana and 35 miles east to the tiny community of Beaver Creek in Yukon.

    They never found any sign of Wipert or the animals. He remains missing.


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