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Motorcyclist reported missing found dead in crash

Family mourns man last seen last week passing through Glennallen


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Christian Cumbie's family put up this flyer last week asking travelers to keep their eyes open for the Valdez man who went missing as he rode his motorcycle to Valdez.

A man on a motorcycle who was reported missing in route to Valdez was found dead by searchers Sunday.

Christian Cumbie, age 39, was reported missing by family after failing to arrive in Valdez a week ago Tuesday.

As is often the case, his family announced Sunday on Facebook that he had been found.

"I would like to thank the many volunteers who have invested their time and efforts into finding Christian. It is with great sadness but relief we are able to report he has been found," a post on the Facebook page of Mistie N Loren Poor. "Loren and I found him by a complete miracle. Helicopters, planes, cars and walkers were not able to see him. His motorcycle went off the road at around mile 50 on the Richardson highway and he died from his injuries. It appears he did not suffer."

Alaska State Troopers issued a Missing Persons bulletin last week.

Cumbie was found by family's perseverance according to the many posts.

"Parents were unsuccessful in plane and road searches yesterday," a post dated July 30 said. "They were informed that troopers have a helicopter search planned for tomorrow, depending on weather. We were also told there may be extra volunteers out possibly with search and rescue dogs but they really don't have any specific area to be searching during the long stretch of highway. Mom was able to view the footage at Glennallen. She stated he looked tired. He was last seen wearing a black jacket with a gray backpack and blue jeans."

Cumbie was last seen leaving Glennallen at 2:49 p.m. a week ago Tuesday, according to troopers.

Cumbie's family has set up a Facebook page for friends to share memories of the adventurous man, who had recently dyed his hair blue.

A memorial is planned in Anchorage for this Friday at 5:30 p.m. according to the Facebook page Christian 4Realz.

The location is listed as Skelkregg Chalet, Russian Jack,1600 Lidia Selkregg Lane, Anchorage.

Information on donations is also on the Facebook page.


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