A Civil Air Patrol team from Bethel searched from Aug. 29–Sept. 1 but did not find any signs of a plane crash.
The woman contacted her husband, telling him she had been charged by multiple bears and had used bear spray. Shortly after that, she stopped responding to phone calls and messages.
A group of 12 mountaineers were rescued Tuesday from a glacier in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park by the Alaska National Guard.
The Alaska Air National Guard rescued the pilot of a crashed Cessna airplane near Lime Village on April 7.
The same weather that kept the stranded group on the glacier kept rescuers off it. Fortunately, the Sheldon Chalet was just a few miles away.
Zirkle was flown to the Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage and has since been released from the hospital.
When traveling into the wilderness, the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center recommends travelers take a personal locator with them.