Search for missing woman expands to mine shafts

Sharon Buis flyer

A flyer placed on the bulletin board of a downtown grocery store alerts shoppers to Sharon Buis who went missing while hiking near Mt. Roberts. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)

The search for a Juneau woman who vanished three months ago has gone underground.

An expert on Juneau mine shafts says hiker Sharon Buis may have fallen into an old mine on the side of Mount Roberts.

The Juneau Empire reports Brian Weed on Monday led a small team to search abandoned shafts.

Weed says he doesn’t want to give anyone false hope but there are at least two shafts that people could fall down if they were sliding down snow.

Buis has been missing since May 24.

She was scheduled to hike that day with the Juneau Alpine Club. A friend found her car at the Mount Roberts trailhead.

A search by ground and air failed to find the experienced outdoorswoman.