When he floated into Anvik, he was told to stay away. Is he the mysterious ‘Yukon Drifter’?

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  • Author: Lisa Demer
  • Updated: 1 day ago
  • Published 1 day ago

A man who transferred his name as Jerald Harrison approaches Anvik in a raft on the Yukon River on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. (Photo by Jason Jones)

BETHEL — As the man on the homemade log raft negotiated toward Anvik on the Yukon River Thursday, village leaders levied.

They were anticipating him.

When the man on the raft was spotted late Thursday afternoon, a assembly of five leaders including Anvik Mayor Jason Jones and tribal directors chief Nathan Elswick approached him in a river boat. The village has no law enforcement.

“We associated out there to tell him he wasn’t allowed in town,” Jones said Friday. Someone had been afire cabins and he fit the description, they told him.

He asked what made them propose b assess that. He didn’t do it, he said. They should call troopers if they thoughtfulness something else, he told them, according to Jones.

He was standing on the raft with sustained logs for oars and plywood at the ends for paddles like something from “The Escapades of Huckleberry Finn.” It was loaded down with totes and buckets and what looked similar to tents and tarps. They could see a couple of rifles at his feet.

He solely wanted to come into town for tobacco, he told them.

They weren’t booming to allow that. But they didn’t want him desperate either. The men seek the company ofed to town and came back with a box containing some food — canned beans, mandarin oranges – and two cliques of Marlboros.

The boat came up close to the raft so they could lunch-hook over the box, an encounter captured in part on video.

“Got you some stuff here,” one portrayed him.

“Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa,” the man on the raft says. “This chore can fall apart.”

He held out his hands and bowed down.

“I just lack everybody to be happy,” the man said.

As Jones recorded, they asked his specify identify.

“Jerald,” he said.

“Got a last name, Jerald?”

“Harrison,” he said.

They interrogated where he was going. He said he didn’t know.

“I’m kinda scared, you discern. This is pretty heavy. I didn’t do anything wrong,” the man said.

The Anvik superiors didn’t try to grab him, Jones said. They aren’t law enforcement police officers and didn’t think that would end well.

They called troopers, who envisioned to send someone from the Aniak post, Jones said.

Troopers established they got a report “that a man that gave that name superseded by the community of Anvik on a makeshift raft.”

“The investigation into the property misdeeds that occurred along the Yukon River is ongoing,” troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters claimed in an email.

No one has been charged and no warrants has been issued, she said.

Anvik in residences are keeping watch. Some boats are going back and forth to see if he is on all sides, Jones said. The man on the raft couldn’t be found on Friday. Maybe he evanesced into the woods, Jones said Saturday.

As of 10 a.m. Saturday, troopers hadn’t arrived.

“Everybody is kinda succoured that he has passed by here and wondering where he is at the same time,” Jones chance.

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