JUNEAU EMPIRE

JUNEAU EMPIRE

Two children missing in Kupreanof after camping trip gone wrong

Madison and Joshua Clark were reported missing in Tongass National Forest earlier this afternoon

Posted: July 21, 2017 – 7:58pm

By Nick Moss

KUPREANOF – Madison and Joshua Clark of Hilliard, OH have gone missing on the Northeastern end of Kupreanof Island, near Petersburg. Madison, 15, was taking Joshua, 4, for a walk inland on the west bank of Petersburg Creek, near Coho Creek. The two were last seen by their parents, Thomas and Katherine Clark, at around 3:30pm local time. After the children failed to return home for dinner, the Clarks called the Petersburg Police Department who organized a search, failing to turn up either child.

The Clarks were in Kupreanof on their annual vacation, camping inland near Petersburg Creek since 17 July. According to Katherine Clark, speaking with the Empire’s correspondent at the scene, Madison took the younger Joshua inland to see an abandoned totem pole, and never returned. The two children had visited the pole several times previously including on previous vacations. Their whereabouts are, as of this writing, still unknown.

The Petersburg Sheriff’s Department, in concert with the Petersburg Fire Department, have organized an ongoing search-and-rescue effort to find the two children, and the Division of Alaska State Troopers has also been contacted to assist in the search. Volunteer firefighter Kevin McNaughton sounded optimistic about the search effort. “Two kids probably couldn’t have gotten far, and we still have a lot of ground to cover. It’s summer, so exposure is unlikely, too. I think we’ll find them, then everybody can go home.”

Katherine Clark also held out hope that her daughter would keep her brother safe. “Maddie has always been a resourceful girl… She will take care of Josh, she is the best kind of older sister.” Still, the children’s mother was anxious for their return. “I just want to see my children back safe and sound,” she said.

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