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Search suspended for French adventurer in Alaska

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 23, 2014 at 5:07 pm •  Published: June 23, 2014
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The search for a missing French adventurer was suspended along the eastern coast of Katmai National Park and Preserve after aerial searches didn't reveal any signs of his whereabouts, authorities said.

The search for Francois Guenot was called off late Saturday, a day after park rangers found his kayak containing his identification, food, maps and personal journals, said Katmai National Park Chief Ranger Neal Labrie.

The kayak was discovered on a beach along Shelikof Strait about 200 miles southwest of Anchorage.

"We've picked up nothing more," Labrie told The Associated Press on Monday. "And the last journal entry he had amongst his goods was dated June 15."

Guenot was last heard from on May 26 near Kamishak Bay, the Anchorage Daily News reported (http://is.gd/3CLoLS).

The National Park Service had planes modify flight patterns to search for Guenot.

"Had there been anybody or anything to see along those coastal areas, we probably would have seen them," Labrie said.

The U.S. Coast Guard also conducted aerial searches Saturday and had a boat positioned along the shore.

If he decided to abandon the kayak and walk, the search area could be endless, since his possible route wasn't known, Labrie said.

"There's really no reason why he would have left all his personal belongings, especially his ID behind," Labrie said. "He seems extremely unpredictable."

When he was 32, Guenot told Yukon News, a newspaper in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada, in January 2012 that he was a ski instructor from Maiche, France, who dreamed of adventure in North America, across the wilds of Canada and Alaska.

"I don't want to stay like a dog on a leash in France," he told the newspaper.

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