Searchers Comb Woods For Man Missing 2 Days

Sentinel Staff Writer
    The search expanded today on the ground and by air for Scott Falzerano Jr., the 19-year-old Sitka man who was last seen Monday.
    Falzerano told family members at his Charlie Joseph Street home around 11 a.m. Monday that he was going into the woods to hide one of his possessions. They called the fire department for help when he hadn’t returned home by Tuesday morning.
    Don Kluting, Sitka Mountain Rescue director, said today that some 40 volunteers and search dogs are combing the Indian River Valley after receiving reports that Falzerano was spotted outdoors in his Indian River neighborhood between 3 and 4 p.m. Monday. Another report came in that someone matching Falzerano’s description was seen a short distance up the Indian River trail around the same time.
    A helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Sitka with infrared equipment has also been enlisted in the search.
    When last seen, Falzerano was wearing jeans and a black or red hoody sweatshirt, clothing that Kluting said is ill suited for spending time outdoors in the cold and wet weather.
    “Our major concern at this point is due to weather conditions his survivability rate is diminishing,” Kluting said. “Also, we don’t have any confirmed sightings yesterday (Tuesday) within the City and Borough of Sitka.”
    He added that searchers are exploring all options about Falzerano’s whereabouts, including in the woods and in town.
    “We have no information saying he’s safe and sound,” Kluting said. “If someone knows, we would hope they would contact us. We are putting a lot of people at risk, and we have helicopters involved in the search.”
    Sitka Mountain Rescue, Sitka police and the Fire Department are asking for any information about Falzerano, his habits and state of mind that may be helpful in finding him.
    “We need all information,” Kluting said.
    Those with information may call police at 747-3245, or the fire hall at 747-3233.

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At a Glance

(updated 5-25-22)

By Sentinel Staff

The state Department of Health and Social Services has posted the following update on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alaska as of 11:55 pm Wednesday, May 25.

New cases as of Wednesday: 1,911

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 251,425

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,252

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,776

Current Hospitalizations – 46

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.

COVID in Sitka

The Sitka community level is now "medium.'' Case statistics are as of Wednesday.

Cases in last 7 days – 25

Cumulative Sitka cases – 2,658

Hospitalizations (to date) – 32

Deceased (cumulative) – 6

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.





May 2002


From Sitka’s Past by Robert DeArmond: May 14, 1878 – The steamer California brought a cannery crew to Sitka for one of the first two salmon canneries in Alaska. The cannery, located at Starrigavan, operated for only two seasons and was abandoned.

May 1972

 The work of four Sitka artists will be represented in the Ketchikan Arts and Crafts Guild Traveling Show. The artists are Alice Bergdoll, Linda Larsen, Marilyn Nevers and Clint Miller.