Two Teens on Snowmobiles Missing in Alaska

Alaska State Troopers say heavy snow and winds nearing 35 miles per hour are hampering the search for two teenagers missing from Pitkas (PIT'-kus) Point in western Alaska.

The teens left on a snowmobile Thursday night and were last week by a friend at 10:15 p.m.

An initial search found fresh snowmobile tracks that ended at a lead in the Andreafsky River.

Troopers say the teens may have gone into the river with their machine.

Searchers were evaluating conditions and hoping for a break in the weather to resume a search Saturday afternoon. The temperature was about 35 degrees.

Pitkas Point is a community of about 138 near the junction of the Yukon and Andreafsky Rivers. It is 5 miles northwest of St. Mary's.