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June 19, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Information sought about missing Alaska man, 19

The Associated Press

 KETCHIKAN, Alaska – A 19-year-old man who left Ketchikan, Alaska, for the Pacific Northwest is missing.

Ronald Darvell told Alaska State Troopers that his son, Robert Hannah, bought a one-way Alaska state ferry ticket to Bellingham and boarded on foot May 23. No family or friends have heard from him since he departed.

Passengers disembarking from a state ferry are not checked off by crew, so authorities don’t know if he simply walked off when the ferry reached its destination.

“We don’t have any information that he has been seen by anyone in the Pacific Northwest,” Alaska State Trooper spokeswoman Beth Ipsen said in an email response to questions. “We haven’t been able to obtain information indicating he got off the ferry in Bellingham.”

Darvell told troopers his son may be bound for Portland.

However, Hannah was an avid user of his cellphone to make calls and send text messages, and his family has learned that his cellphone has not been active.

“We don’t know if he’s truly missing or just not communicating with his family,” Ipsen said. “However, we are acting on the side of caution just in case he truly is missing.”

A phone message for Darvell in Ketchikan was not immediately returned.

Troopers are requesting that people with information about Hannah contact them at at 907-225-5118.

 

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