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TELLER, ALASKA-Citing deteriorating weather and water conditions, Teller Search and Rescue have called off further searches for a Kyle Komok, age 26, of Teller at 2:30 pm today.
Teller Search and Rescue notified the Alaska State Troopers yesterday at about 6:50 pm that Kyle Komok was missing. He was last seen at about 4 pm riding his four-wheeler north towards the point on the Teller Spit. Witnesses saw him riding through the surf along the spit as waves crashed over him. It was reported that the waves were almost tipping him over at that time.
Search and Rescue began a house to house search of Old Teller to no avail. They also checked around the freshwater lake with the same results. The search for Komok was called off for the night at 9 pm because water had covered the road to the old site and weather conditions.
The search resumed at first light today. They managed to get 2 four-wheelers to the north end of Teller Spit, but there was no sign of Komok or his four-wheeler. It was reported then that the spit had washed out about the half-way mark going north.
Search and Rescue also was able to launch a boat to check the area in and around Grantley Harbor. They were able to check floating boats and debris for signs of Komok, but did so without success.
Teller is located on a spit between Port Clarence and Grantley Harbor, 72 miles northwest of Nome, on the Seward Peninsula. It has a population of approximately 230 people.
If anyone has any news of his whereabouts or other information, they are urged to contact the Alaska State Troopers.