Tennessee Couple Found Safe After Mysterious Disappearance During Alaska Hike
A couple from Tennessee, Jonas Bare (50) and Cynthia Hovsepian (37), who went missing while hiking in Alaska over a week ago, have been located just two miles from where they parked their car, according to family sources.
The couple was spotted by a fellow hiker as they navigated through the wooded area of Fairbanks, a city with a population exceeding 30,000. The duo had managed to endure eight days in the wilderness after losing their way on what was intended to be a short hike along a well-established trail, as revealed by Bare’s anonymous uncle.
The family member surmised that the couple might have become disoriented due to the unique conditions of Alaska, where the state experiences approximately 20 hours of daylight during this time of year. This perpetual daylight, coupled with temperatures that can plummet to 45 degrees during the four-hour twilight period, could have led to their confusion.
Their daughter confirmed their rescue and stated that they were currently receiving medical attention. The specifics of their condition and any potential injuries are yet to be disclosed.
Despite their ordeal, the couple managed to survive, prompting questions about their strategies for sustenance and shelter in the unfamiliar wilderness.
The dark-blue Jeep Compass they were renting had also been abandoned near the Chena Hot Springs Resort, not far from the trailhead. The challenging terrain was underscored by the fact that the couple was found just two miles from their car.
Bare, described as an experienced traveler, especially due to his Nashville business background, shared his journey on Facebook. His last post, dated August 8, expressed his excitement about traveling to Alaska, marking his 50th state visited in honor of his 50th birthday.
In an eerie twist, a prior post from the same day humorously mentioned not getting lost like he did a decade ago during his visit to Australia.
Authorities from the Fairbanks Police Department and the Alaskan State Troopers have not yet provided official comments on the matter.