19 Year Old Scott Falzerano Jr. Reported Missing 11/12/13 in Sitka, Alaska (Update: Found Deceased, Suicide)
19 year old Scott Falzerano Jr. has been missing was reported missing Tuesday morning, November 12, 2013 in Sitka, Alaska. Falzerano was last seen by by family members around 11 a.m. Monday in the Indian River neighborhood when he left his Charlie Joseph Street home. A search team from the Sitka Mountain Rescue was dispatched to the Indian River valley that included two search dogs and a team of seven volunteers.
Missing – Scott Falzerano Jr.
A search team was dispatched to the Indian River valley – a favorite hunting spot of Falzerano’s – but there were no leads as to his whereabouts by press time today.
Kluting said that Falzerano told family when he left that he was heading into the woods to hide a possession that had been stolen in recent days and that he had recovered on Sunday.
Scott Falzerano is described as 6 feet, 1 inch, tall, with hazel green eyes and sandy blond hair. When he was last seen he was wearing a black hoody and blue jeans, Kluting said.
Kluting said the young man’s family is very concerned about him. “Hopefully we find him soon,” Kluting said.
Twenty members of Sitka Mountain Rescue – and two search dogs – spent Tuesday searching the Indian River valley, along with many of Falzerano’s friends and family. A coast guard helicopter flew a sortie up the valley on Tuesday afternoon. As of Tuesday night the search had turned up nothing, according to Sitka Mountain Rescue director Don Kluting, who said it isn’t clear whether Falzerano went into the wilderness at all.
“We’re certainly worried. The urgency on this case has certainly gone up substantially,” Kluting said. “At the end of the day we still can’t demonstrate whether he’s in the urban setting or wilderness.”
If anyone has seen or has any information regarding the whereabouts of Scott Falzerano, please call the Sitka Fire Department at 747-3233, or police at 747-3245.
UPDATE II: Body of missing teen found after four-day search.
Search officials in Sitka confirmed that the body of 19-year-old Scott Falzerano, Jr., was located this morning at about 9:25 AM, near the Indian River Trail.
The Sitka police said that Falzerano appears to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The case has been referred to the medical examiner for confirmation, and the police are conducting an investigation.