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Missing Fairbanks man’s four-wheeler found by miner

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Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 11:56 pm

FAIRBANKS — The four-wheeler ridden by a Fairbanks man who went missing off the Steese Highway last October was discovered by a miner last week, giving friends and family of the missing man some clue as to where he might have gone.

Gerald De Berry, 53, was a volunteer on a search party last October near 70 Mile Steese Highway. The party found the woman it was looking for but lost track of De Berry, who was last seen riding a green Yamaha Kodiak four-wheeler. A search team that included 10 Alaska State Troopers, six aircraft and several volunteers was unable to find De Berry or evidence of where he might have been.

That changed on Labor Day, when a miner taking a walk discovered the ATV near Faith Creek Mine at 69 Mile Steese Highway, troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said.

“They found the four-wheeler stuck in the tundra at an angle that would indicate to us that the gas wasn’t getting sucked up and it probably stalled out,” she said. “The machine had been turned off and it just looked like it was just turned off and walked-away from.”

Two troopers and five volunteers searched the area Tuesday and did not find any additional evidence of De Berry’s presence, she said.

Contact staff writer Sam Friedman at 459-7545. Follow him on Twitter: @FDNMcrime.

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