Search Suspended for Missing Southwest Alaska Snowmachiner

Alaska State troopers revealed on Thursday that “after multiple days of searching with aerial assets, boats, and ground searchers, no additional signs” of 26-year-old Jazmin James has been found. As a result, it was announced that as of Wednesday night the search for his remains has been suspended, and his information has been placed in the missing person’s clearinghouse.

James was reported overdue by his family on April 1 after he had left Nunapitchuk to travel to Tununak by snowmachine the day before. He was last seen in the community of Nightmute where he had stopped briefly before continuing on to his destination on March 31. He reported at that time that he was having track problems on his machine.


Toksook Bay SAR and Tununak SAR took up the search for James prior to trooper notification and on Sunday evening, at 6:22 PM, Toksook Bay Search and Rescue personnel located James’ snowmachine on the sea ice near Rocky Point. It had been hidden from view and was only found after the tide subsided. Nothing further was found at that location, and searchers reported that there were no tracks leading away from where the snowmachine was found.