Drones, Dogs & Choppers Fail To Find Ian Lutz After Chitina Car Crash

 34-Year Old Man Crashed Car On Chitina Embankment   After a week of heavy searching, Alaska State Troopers have called off the effort to f...

 34-Year Old Man Crashed Car On Chitina Embankment  


After a week of heavy searching, Alaska State Troopers have called off the effort to find Ian Michael Lutz of Chitina.

Alaska State Troopers, aided by community members in Chitina, have been looking for a brown-haired, brown-eyed Chitina man who wrecked his vehicle on the Edgerton Highway near Chitina Village on Monday.

His abandoned vehicle was found near the apartments on the Edgerton, where the vehicle had gone down an embankment and crashed. Troopers said the temperature at the time was 20 to 30 degrees below zero.

Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Village Public Safety Officers, Alaska State Troopers, and many local people from the area have been searching for Ian Lutz. 

A number of different high-tech systems were used, as well as manpower on the ground.

Troopers said that they used USaS aerial imaging and deployed MATSAR K9 search teams. They also used the Department of Public Safety's HELO-3 to conduct an aerial search of the region.

DRONES: According to the web, USaS means "Unmanned Systems & Solutions". It is a "tethered drone system" that is used to provide heavy duty, high powered communications and surveillance operations. 

DOGS: MATSAR K9 is a Search & Rescue team out of Palmer. It's volunteer-run. Teams go to a search site with highly trained dogs and handlers. The team is dispatched by the Alaska State Troopers and is available for emergencies, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

CHOPPERS: The Alaska State Troopers HELO-3 is a special helicopter used in search and rescue missions.

None of the various systems managed to find Ian Lutz.

Ian Lutz is 34 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall, and is estimated to weigh around 195 lbs. Although he went missing on Monday the 1st of February,  the Missing Person bulletin for him seems to have an issue date of 2/5/2021.

CALL 822-3263 IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION

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