Wanted to refer everyone to this article

Charley Project Facebook user Michelle S. found this article about the 1987 disappearance of Ronald Oquilluk (who was not on Charley) and how he was identified over thirty years after he went missing. It’s a very good article and there’s a bit at the bottom about the recent identification of missing hunter Patrick Chambers.

Oquilluk’s case reminds me of the 2016 disappearance of Walter Hawk, another Native Alaskan man with special needs who wandered into the wilderness and never came back. What’s particularly frustrating in Hawk’s case is that searchers actually saw him in the days after he went missing, just hoofing it across the tundra, but apparently they weren’t able to get his attention. So close, yet so far.

I’ll say it again: Alaska eats people.

Oquilluk’s remains were found a full 450 miles from where he was last seen, and I wonder whether Hawk wandered as far as that. He disappeared during the summertime, and if he knew how to live off the land he might have been able to survive for an extended time period.

6 thoughts on “Wanted to refer everyone to this article

  1. marsyao June 23, 2019 / 12:36 am

    I don’t think he could walk 450 miles, he must have a ride

    • Meaghan June 23, 2019 / 11:07 am

      I don’t see why not. A lot of the migrants crossing into the US have walked that distance or longer in order to get there.

      • marsyao June 23, 2019 / 8:01 pm

        Many of these migrants were “organized”, they had support system, from where they could get food or shelter

  2. SC June 27, 2019 / 5:35 pm

    Lifelong Alaskan here…the area where Mr. Hawk disappeared is extremely remote, as in, no paved roads at all and very dense tundra between tiny hamlets of people. The only ways in/out are via rivers, bush planes (good luck finding an airstrip though), and off-road vehicles. It’s possible that someone picked him up, but IMO, not likely. My most educated guess is either death by dehydration/starvation, or possibly a wildlife encounter, as the bears are thick up there.

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