Search underway for NJ man missing in Adirondacks

By  | 

NEWCOMB, N.Y. (WCAX) The search continues for a hiker who has been missing in the Adirondacks for more than a week.

Alex Stevens

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers say Alex Stevens, 28, traveled up from New Jersey to hike to Wallface Mountain in the high peaks of the Adirondacks where he planned to stay a few days. But they say it's a very remote location not often traveled on.

"Wallface ledge is one of the largest open ledges in the eastern United States, so it does have some significance, but its remoteness keeps it only marginally popular with the climbers," said Lt. Brian Dubay of the NY DEC. "Usually they do an overnight to go in there and do a climb."

Family members reported Stevens missing Sunday after he failed to show up at an event where he planned to meet friends. He was last spotted Sept. 2 at the base of the cliff wearing sandals, shorts and a blue shirt. They say he was not an experienced hiker and did not bring sufficient gear with him.

"It's just a long time for someone to be out there. We've had several cold temperatures. Doesn't mean we're not... we search for living people, so we're going at it thinking that he could still be traveling," Dubay said.

Two dozen forest rangers, six professional rock climbers and four members of Search and Rescue of the Northern Adirondacks have been combing through the peaks searching for him. Officials say it has been difficult terrain for them to face

"Crews going in there would be a couple hours of walking. We've been utilizing a helicopter to get most of our crews to the Scott's Pond area, the Wallface pond area and also Scott's clearing," Dubay said.

His car was initially found at the base of the trailhead on Upper Works Road. They have found a few pieces of equipment Stevens had brought on his trip, including a strap to tie a hammock to trees and a few ear buds.

The DEC is asking anyone who may have information on him or who may have seen him to contact them. Alex Stevens is 5-feet-11-inches tall with brown hair and blue eyes. He wears glasses and often wears his hair in a bun.