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DISCOVERED SAFE – One of the largest volunteer search efforts in recent Yukon history was created to find Sarah Ruth Kruse (above), who resurfaced Friday in the Pelly Crossing area. Photo courtesy RCMP

Woman turns up near Pelly

A missing 36-year-old woman reappeared Friday.

By Gord Fortin on July 8, 2019

A missing 36-year-old woman reappeared Friday.

Sarah Ruth Kruse was found in the Pelly Crossing area, Yukon RCMP reported Friday afternoon.

RCMP spokesperson Coralee Reid said police are unable to provide any details on Kruse’s lengthy disappearance.

“We cannot speak to why she went missing due to privacy concerns,” Reid said.

She was able to say that Kruse was brought to Whitehorse General Hospital “to be assessed by medical professionals.”

Kruse was reported missing on May 29. She had last been seen on May 27 near the North Klondike Highway.

A search party was quickly formed and looked for her throughout the Carmacks-Pelly area.

Kruse’s property at Kilometre 408 of the highway was part of the search. No evidence was found that she was still there.

The search was managed by Cpl. Cam Long, the territory’s RCMP search and rescue co-ordinator.

Department of Environment conservation officers, Department of Energy, Mines and Resources natural resource officers, support staff and Yukon Search and Rescue volunteers helped.

Police dogs were also involved in the exhaustive effort.

Members of the Selkirk and Little Salmon-Carmacks First Nations were among those residents who helped, with some providing food and water for the searchers.

In total, 140 people participated in the search between May 31 and June 2.

The RCMP reported that it was one of the biggest volunteer turnouts in recent Yukon history. It covered hundreds of kilometres and involved close to 1,800 combined search hours.

Remote locations were searched on foot, by helicopter and by ATV. Boat patrols also searched along the Yukon River.

The Yukon RCMP Historical Case Unit took over the case in early June.

Comments (10)

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Nicole odo on Jul 14, 2019 at 11:11 am

She probably didn’t want to be found.

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Josey Wales on Jul 13, 2019 at 1:59 pm

Hey drum...I suggest you are beating outta tune today.
You/we deserve nothing in regards to an explanation as to her time away.
Matters only that she is still with us and safe.
Full stop.

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drum on Jul 12, 2019 at 6:04 pm

We are so happy that she has been found alive and well - but many Yukoners gave up their time and energy to try and find this woman. We deserve answers. The RCMP are just saying she is alive and well. Was she kidnapped and there is a continuing investigation? Or did she just go off for some time alone. Think about the thousands and thousands of dollars that went into trying to find her. We deserve answers.

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Yukoner123 on Jul 12, 2019 at 9:25 am

Other than a general curiosity, people want to know what happened because they recognize that the whole story just doesn't add up, from the beginning. There is a lot more to this story than we will ever hear about.

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Poops mcgee on Jul 9, 2019 at 3:46 pm

Glad a human was found and is safe.

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Michael Storm on Jul 9, 2019 at 1:23 pm

Fantastic news as salt of the earth Josey Wales says.
It's such a small community and we of course will all eventually know why she went missing.
So many reasons why this may have happened and if it's a health issue it could have happened to anyone.

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Josey Wales on Jul 8, 2019 at 10:18 pm

Fantastic news!

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Yukon56 on Jul 8, 2019 at 8:33 pm

Never missing, on a runaway - complete waste of resources should pay,

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Well, then? on Jul 8, 2019 at 5:03 pm

Well, what happened? Is the public at risk? If it's a privacy matter, does that mean someone she knows kidnapped her and she doesn't want to press charges? Who pays for that? The public needs and deserves to know what happened.

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Jayson on Jul 8, 2019 at 3:20 pm

It’s great she can ask for her privacy and be found but a lot of resources went into this and those are public resources.

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