Search and rescue uneeded when man returns late from Mt. Roberts hike

    Alaska State Troopers reported Tuesday a search and rescue effort didn't get very far Sunday night when a Juneau woman reported her hiking mate did not return when expected.

    Alaska State Troopers reported Tuesday a search and rescue effort didn't get very far Sunday night when a Juneau woman reported her hiking mate did not return when expected.

    44 year old Michael Donnellan of Juneau was several hours overdue from a hike on Mt. Roberts. 40 year old Jeannette Lacey-Dunn and the man had been hiking at Roberts Ridge when they split, with Donnellan planning to cross over the ridge and descend down the Sheep Creek Trail.  The woman contacted Troopers after being unable to contact him several hours past his estimated return time and finding his vehicle downtown where he had parked prior to their hike.  

    Juneau Mountain Rescue (JMR) and SouthEast Alaska Dogs Organized for Ground Search (SEADOGS) responded to the Sheep Creek Trailhead and were preparing to begin the search when the woman reported Donnellan had returned.  

    Donnellan stated that he had changed his route after leaving Lacey-Dunn, and that the new route had taken longer than expected.  

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