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Rangers think missing NJ man camped atop Wallface

September 13, 2017
By GLYNIS HART - For the News ( , Lake Placid News

State forest rangers reported locating a campsite on the summit of Wallface Mountain with tracks and other signs leading from it, which they determined belonged to Alex Stevens.

Yet still the 28-year-old man from Hopewell, New Jersey, has not been found. A search for him continued for a fourth day Wednesday in the High Peaks Wilderness, where he was last seen Sept. 2.

Friends he was supposed to meet in New York City after his Adirondack hike reported him missing Sunday. That day forest rangers found Stevens's vehicle at the Upper Works trailhead in the town of Newcomb.

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Wallface Mountain and Indian Pass are seen at right from an airplane in November 2015. At left is the snowcapped MacIntyre Range: from left, Algonquin, Boundary and Iroquois peaks. (News photo — Shaun Kittle)

Search efforts continue to focus in the steep and rugged terrain on and around Wallface Mountain. Rangers will also continue to follow Stevens' tracks and signs of his presence.

Today's search involved 24 forest rangers from the state Department of Environmental Conservation, five members of the state police Special Operations Response Team, a state police K9 unit, one volunteer professional rock climber and two members of Search and Rescue of the Northern Adirondacks (SARNAK). State police Aviation Unit helicopters are transporting searchers into remote search areas. The state Office of Information and Technology Services, Newcomb Volunteer Fire Department, town of Newcomb and Newcomb Central School also provided logistical support.

State police investigators and the Hopewell Township (N.J.) Police Department continue their missing-person investigation.

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A graduate of Hopewell High School, he had some interest in rock climbing, according to DEC.

Alex Stevens is a 5-foot-11-inch, 220-pound white male with blue eyes and brown hair. He was last seen by other hikers on Sept. 2 near the base of Wallface Mountain wearing sandals, shorts and a dark blue T-shirt. He may be carrying a green-colored, light backpack. He wears glasses and has longer hair that he typically wears in a bun.

DEC asks anyone who may have seen Stevens or has information about his whereabouts to call state police at 518-897-2000.



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