After further search, still no clues to whereabouts of missing Pilot Point man

May 31, 2017

Gust Griechen IV, 25, has not been seen since April 27. AST has found no signs of the young man after aerial searches and taking K9 dogs to the village this week to search on the ground.

This photo is being circulated on Alaska State Trooper missing person posters. Gust Griechen IV, 25, has not been seen since April 27, but is not believed to have left Pilot Point by plane.
Credit AST

KDLG: There are still no clues to the whereabouts of 25-year-old Gust Griechen IV of Pilot Point. Griechen has been missing for more than a month.

This week Alaska State Troopers returned to the village for more searching on the ground, and to run down any and all leads and rumors.

"We transported two K9's with their handlers to Pilot Point to search all known areas and potential track lines that Mr. Griechen could have utilized, with negative results after several hours of searching," said AST Bristol Bay supervisor Sgt. Luis Nieves.

He said troopers have run into a dead end on every lead and rumor they have been provided so far. They do not believe Griechen left the village by plane, and inside his house they found his bags packed, and his cell phone had been left with someone else.

Troopers were not notified that he was missing until about two weeks after Griechen had last been seen on April 27.

"We responded the best we could," said Nieves. "We had ground searchers, aircraft search, multiple aircraft sorties in support of trying to locate this individual. This is an individual who departed and left every sign that he did not want to be located."

Griechen was the victim of a knife assault last May in King Salmon, which is a case still being prosecuted. Troopers say they have no reason to suspect any foul play. Nieves said troopers have exhausted all leads to continue their search.

Gust William Griechen IV is listed as a missing person with state and national registries, and anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call state troopers in Dillingham or King Salmon.

dave@kdlg.org or 907.842.5281