Good afternoon everyone. I hope that "Draw Result Day" treated you well. I figured today was a great day to place a REWARD post here as I know many of you would be sharing your results with the rest of us.
This past fall, A good friend and I were on a float hunt in the Tok/Delta Jct. area. Most all of you know that the weather turned to crap and the rivers began to rise, rather quickly (Overnight in our case).
Long story, somewhat, short: My hunting partner and I, upon waking up, discovered our rafts upside down on the opposite side of the river from where we had camped and the river to be +/- 3 feet higher than when we went to sleep. Not good. Thankfully, of the little gear we had ashore (since we were on our way out), I had my sat phone. The Alaska State Troopers had to haul us out via helicopter. It sucked seeing our rafts with lots of $$$ worth of gear bobbing in the river as we flew away.
Fastforward a couple weeks: A pilot friend does a flyover and sees that our rafts are on dry ground. One was deflated but they were both rite side up and it appeared that most of our dry bags, etc. were still lashed, carabinered in/or to them. Good News!
Fastforward again: After a few unsuccessful attempts to retrieve said rafts and gear by pilot (due to not being able to wade across river just yet) I called a friend of a friend in Tok. I was directed to a nice (or so I beleived) young man with an airboat. He said he would help. He called back and said he was unable to get into the river. I thanked him and then prayed my pilot friend would be the savior. (I really wanted our two rafts and my Leica Ultravids back!)
One more fastforward: Now, about the third week of October I get a phone call from my pilot friend. BAD NEWS. Your rafts and gear are gone...Furthermore, three other individuals had ATV/UTV's down river several miles from where our rafts were stranded. All three ATV/UTV's were also gone.
Obviously, Troopers are/have been investigating this matter. I will not share all the details of said investigation but, fact is, nothing has yet been recovered. I am hopeful that the AK outdoor forum community will provide a good lead for AST. That said, I am confident that the suspects are from, in and around Tok. Most likely, they have airboats or access to them.
Myself and the other victims would love to get our stuff back. Even one or two items would make us happy at this point. You all know how expensive rafts/ATV'/ Leicas/Etc. are...
So. As of right now, my fellow victims and I are offering a $2500.00 REWARD for information that results the return of our items / information leading the arrest of suspects/thieves.
The following are some of the stolen items we are asking you to keep an eye out for:
1 - 2010 550 Polaris Sportsman
1 - 2007 Polaris Ranger
1 - 2012 Polaris Ranger Crew
1 - Pair Leica Ultravid 10x42 binos
2 - Pro-Pioneer Rafts
1 - Ruger 30-06 (Stainless w/the old synthetic Ruger skeleton stock)
1 - Kifaru Tipi (Yellow in color / Not many of those out there)
1- Husqvarna 359 Chainsaw
Piles of assorted gear: dry bags/floating gun cases/bear proof food kegs / come-along /etc...(Generic stuff) but lots with the name Jay Sjogren and/or Kim Wannamaker written in or on it.
IF you have any leads, PLEASE PM me. Also feel free to contact Tok or Delta Jct. Troopers.
We thank you in advance for keeping an eye open and an ear low to the ground. I am certainly hopeful some of the "big" items find their way back home. It stinks that there are people out there who take things that belong to others without remorse...
Stay safe out there!