Alan Atoruk, 02-13-09
Hypothermia may have killed snowmachiners
Anchorage Daily News, Published: February 18th, 2009
KOTZEBUE -- Two Kiana snowmachiners missing since Friday were found dead about 10
miles south of Kotzebue, Alaska State Troopers said Wednesday.
The bodies of Alan Atoruk, 24, and Loren Milligrock, 27, were discovered about noon
Tuesday, one day after a snow cave and signs of a recent fire were spotted in the
area, troopers said.
The men were reported missing Friday after they didn't arrive in Kotzebue, troopers
said. Blizzard and whiteout conditions were in the area at the time, along with
wind chills reaching -50 degrees.
Searchers from Noorvik, Kiana and Kotzebue began looking for the men and were joined
Saturday by others from Buckland, Noatak, Selawik and others in the area, troopers
On Monday, a break in the weather allowed the search area to expand with the use
of Civil Air Patrol, Alaska Wildlife Trooper aircraft and private aircraft from
Kiana, troopers said. That's when they found the signs of the men.
Searchers found both men Tuesday still with their snowmachines, troopers said. It
appeared they had died from hypothermia.
-- Anchorage Daily News