Body of missing hiker found off of Chena Hot Springs Road
A Soldotna man who was reported missing near Mile 49 of Chena Hot Springs Road on Monday has been found deceased.
According to Alaska State Troopers, Jarred Allen, 26, of Soldotna was scheduled to return from his hike on Sunday, and when he didn’t show up he was reported missing.
State Parks Rangers responded to the area with ATVs and located Allen’s body around six miles off of the road. He was approximately 1 mile away from the Angel Creek Cabin. Alaska State Troopers dispatched Helo 2 to recover the body.
The cause of death is thought to be hypothermia and no foul play is suspected at this time. The body was sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.
Wildlife Trooper Sergeant Dan Valentine said that people need to remember to be prepared when they go out into the cold in Alaska. He warned of the dangers of traveling on ice and said it is important to always let someone know where you are going.
“One of the first things they can do is file a wilderness trip plan, and that can be as formal as filling out a form that you can drop off with the Alaska State Troopers, or at least telling a very reliable friend where you are going, when you are going to be back and what equipment you have,” Valentine said.
He said one of the most important pieces of equipment is some way to start a fire and stay warm if something unexpected happens.