Authorities say truck driver could provide clues in search for missing Nome woman

Authorities looking for a Nome woman missing since late August now say they’re hoping to talk with the driver of a truck photographed at the port on the day she was last seen.

Florence Okpealuk, 33, was reported missing by family members on Aug.

31 after she was last seen the day before. Searches began two weeks ago. About 40 people spent more than three hours combing heavy brush Saturday, according to an FBI spokeswoman.

The community held a prayer vigil to show support for the Okpealuk family at Hansen’s Park on Saturday evening.

The Nome Police Department announced Sunday that they, together with Alaska State Troopers and the FBI, are hoping to locate the driver of a truck that was in the vicinity of the port between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Aug.

30.

Authorities are seeking information about the driver of a truck photographed at Nome’s port the morning of Aug.

30, 2020.

“We’re looking to speak with the driver,” said FBI spokeswoman Chloe Martin, who is in Nome assisting with the search effort. “We believe that this individual may recall information, or have seen something … which could assist us in the investigation.”

Anyone with information about the truck is encouraged to call the Nome Police Department at 907-443-5262. Callers can remain anonymous.

Authorities are seeking information about a truck photographed at Nome’s port the morning of Aug.

30, 2020.

The search Saturday focused on West Beach area and started at the port, Martin said. There are six FBI representatives in Nome to help with the police investigation.

Okpealuk was last seen on West Beach.

Some locals have expressed concern that it took too long to organize a full, community-wide search, which didn’t occur until Sept.

5, KNOM has reported.

Okpealuk is 5 foot 2 inches tall, has dark brown hair, and weighs around 130 pounds.

The ongoing investigation into her disappearance is being conducted by the Nome Police Department with assistance from the FBI Anchorage Field Office, the Alaska State Troopers, the Nome Volunteer Fire Department Search and Rescue Team, and the U.S. Coast Guard.

About 40 people spent more than three hours combing heavy brush around Nome Saturday, searching for Florence Okpealuk (Photo from the Federal Bureau of Investigation)

[Because of a high volume of comments requiring moderation, we are temporarily disabling comments on many of our articles so editors can focus on the coronavirus crisis and other coverage. We invite you to write a letter to the editor or reach out directly if you’d like to communicate with us about a particular article.

Thanks.]

You may also like...