Troopers Ask for Aid in Finding Missing Tyonek Man
Alaska State Troopers are asking the public for information on a Tyonek man who has been missing since last week, after searches by both villagers and troopers.
According to a Wednesday AST dispatch, troopers were informed shortly before 10 p.m. Friday that 45-year-old Eugene Bismark was missing and had not been seen for a few days.
“Village residents advised Bismark's vehicle was still parked at his residence and no one was aware of him having trip plans,” troopers wrote. “Prior to making the report to AST, Village residents had concluded their own search of his residence and the immediate area and advised troopers that there was no sign of him.”
An unofficial missing poster for Bismark, posted by a user on Channel 2’s Facebook page, says he has a birthmark over his left eye and was last seen at about 12:30 p.m. Thursday in Tyonek wearing a black jacket with a gray hood, dark jeans and black low-top shoes. He may have been carrying a black Land’s End backpack, and may have flown to Anchorage or Kenai.
Troopers subsequently conducted a search near Tyonek using “air and ground assets,” which was also unsuccessful.
AST spokesperson Megan Peters says efforts to find Bismark weren’t focused in any specific search area, because there’s no information on where he might have gone.
“They just looked in the area of the village -- nothing was found,” Peters said. “It’s really hard to search when you don’t have an area.”
Peters also declined to speculate on the nature of Bismark’s disappearance, noting both his right as an adult to be incommunicado and the delay before troopers were informed of the case.
“We can’t say it’s foul play because he’s just gone,” Peters said. “Nobody notified us that he was missing until two days after the fact.”
Troopers say that Bismark is known to visit Anchorage, but his usual contacts in town haven’t heard from him.
Bismark has been listed in the state missing-persons clearinghouse, and troopers are asking him or anyone with information on his whereabouts to contact AST at 907-262-4453.
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