By Wrangell Sentinel
Staff Writers 

Wrangell search and rescue suspends search for Derek Heller


December 14, 2023

The Wrangell borough on Dec. 6 announced the suspension of the search for Derek Heller, 12, missing since a Nov. 20 landslide took out his family’s home at 11-Mile Zimovia Highway.

“The decision to end the active search comes after 15 days of tireless and exhaustive efforts by the Wrangell Volunteer Fire Department Search and Rescue teams,” the borough’s announcement said.

“The untiring efforts to locate 12-year-old Derek Heller extended to all accessible areas above and into the intertidal zone,” the borough’s statement said.

Wrangell Volunteer Fire Department Capt. Jordan Bu...

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