Troopers, friends search for missing Alaska dog musher

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 05, 2011 4:13 PM

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - One day after police found the pickup truck belonging to a missing Iditarod musher, authorities and friends said on Sunday they still had few clues to her mysterious disappearance.

Melanie Gould, a seven-time veteran of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, has not been seen since she failed to turn up for work on Tuesday, leaving behind her dogs and drying laundry.

Her abandoned pickup truck was discovered on Saturday parked along a highway northeast of Talkeetna, the small town near Mount McKinley where Gould, 34, lives.

Though Alaska State Troopers have said they don't suspect foul play in the disappearance of Gould, friends are concerned.

Trisha Costello, owner of the Talkeetna Roadhouse, where Gould works, said she alerted troopers on Wednesday morning, after Gould failed to show up for work at another job, at a local bakery.

"It's out of character for her not to arrange for her animals to be taken care of," Costello said Sunday. "It just doesn't look right."

Costello printed fliers that have been posted in the region, and other friends started a Facebook page called "Have You Seen Melanie Gould?"

(Reporting by Yereth Rosen; Editing by Dan Whitcomb and Jerry Norton)