SNOWMACHINERS MISSING: Hello, I am the step daughter of Dave Luce. He and my mom, Janice own ‘The Luce’s’ which is a store on the Yentna River in Alaska. Anyone who runs the Iron Dog up here probably knows them or maybe the store. The store is wood with a blue metal roof and there is an 8 room lodge next to it. It is 9 miles up the Yentna (from the Susitna join). Dave and another man (Russ) from the river are missing and have been for maybe two and a half or three days. The State Troopers and the National Guard are trying to get a helicopter up as soon as the weather clears. There was a ground search last night, Tuesday, Nov 23rd by locals from the river and the Big Lake area. No one has found anything yet.
I know that some of you in the Iron Dog competition have been going on the Yentna and Susitna already even though it is pretty nasty out there. I want to make you all aware of Dave and the other man missing so if you are going out there, you can keep your eyes open for any oddities that might give a clue where the two men are. Both guys are pretty tough and have awesome survival skills since they have lived on the river for many, many years. I know they had told neighbors they planned to go into town for fuel so they would have each been on a machine and would have probably been pulling a sled each. At least one of the machines would have been an Alpine. PLEASE note that my mom and the rest of us DO NOT want any of you to go looking for these guys unless you are already up in the area training. The river is VERY dangerous right now and there is a chance they have gone under the ice. We are hoping for the best, but if the two guys are still alive and are just stuck somewhere or something, they will be alright until they are found. We DO NOT want anyone risking their lives looking for them, so please don’t put yourselves in any harm. Just let us know if you have any information or find any clues on the trail if you are already our training.
Sorry for the long post, I am rambling because it had been a long night for all of us. Also, if anyone is out by the Luce’s Store, could you go up and check the rooms in the lodge and look in the store if you can? About a mile off the river, through the woods, they also have a log cabin that they live in and some work buildings. We want to make sure they are not at the store or the lodge or the cabins. There has been no CB or phone contact with these guys for three days and Dave’s wife (my mom) was just diagnosed with cancer yesterday and Dave knew she would find out if she had cancer or not yesterday, so he would have called for certain. Besides, he and my mom talk on the phone every night and morning while she is in town and she has been in for over a week. I will leave my phone number on here as well in case anyone has any information. My number is 817-366-0922 and I am Vicky. I live in Texas at the moment, but call anytime if you have any information. Thanks to all of you even if you aren’t in the area. I know snowmachiners since I was born and raised in Alaska and grew up around them, and you would all go out there looking if you could. Again, DO NOT put your own lives at risk please! Please say a prayer for these guys regardless and plan for the worst, but hope and pray for the best. Also, mom said to remind any of you who might be riding in that area to please watch out for the search teams and maybe slow down a little around them to make the search a little easier.
Thanks again to you all....