Troopers identify hiker who remains missing in the Pioneer Ridge Trail area


A hiker remains missing in the Pioneer Ridge Trail area.

Alaska State Troopers identified the missing hiker as Fina Kiefer, 55, of Palmer. Troopers received a report at about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday that an adult female hiking by herself needed assistance. The woman had contacted her husband asking for help after being charged by multiple bears and discharging bear spray, according to an online dispatch published by AST. Shortly after requesting assistance, troopers said the hiker stopped responding to phone calls and text messages.

Troopers responded to the trailhead and conducted a hasty search of the first section of the trail with no results. The Rescue Coordination Center was contacted

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